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Gave 100 Percent but Improvements to be Done, Says World Championships Silver Medallist Amit Panghal

first_img 100 percent2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsAmit Panghal First Published: September 23, 2019, 6:43 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Amit Panghal has had a good year in 2019. He first won the Asian Championships in April — beating Olympic 52kg bronze medallist Hu Jinguan along the way — and now he has become the first Indian to win silver at the World Championships. And yet, the 23-year-old is still coming to terms with his new weight category in the ring.It was after he won gold at the 2018 Asian Games that he realised that his category will no longer be considered for the Olympics — light flyweight (48kg). At a couple of inches over five feet, Panghal finds himself as the shorter person in the ring more often than not and now he has a weight shift to deal with. And yet, he seems to have taken to it like duck takes to water. “I have always trained with a taller boxer,” Panghal told IANS after returning from Ekaterinburg on Monday. “In 52-kg category, I am always the shortest one. Everyone I have fought has been taller than me.”Panghal said that his need to improve upon his strength and power was apparent in the final against Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, who is the reigning 52-kg Olympic champion. Panghal lost that bout by a unanimous 5-0 decision, although it was a much closer affair than the scoreline suggested.”I think I have to work on my power a little more. I had to change my weight category from 48kg to 52kg and boxers in this weight category deploy more power in their punches. Uzbek boxers are very strong anyhow. My opponent in the final was an Olympic champion. I gave my 100 percent here but there are improvements to be done,” he said.Panghal using his shorter height to his advantage was more than apparent in his semi-final victory against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stands a full four inches taller than him. “My stance is such that I try to remain as close as possible to my opponent because that helps me block out their unfinished punches. I can then land my punches properly and when that happens the opponent becomes unnerved.National coach Santiago Nieva reckons that Panghal’s success comes from the fact that he excels in using his height.”Already from the beginning he showed he can overcome that disadvantage and even use it to his advantage,” Nieva said. “When he changed the weight category in the beginning of the year the main concern was how he will deal with the difference in height and size. But he started by winning the trials at home against stronger opponents. And then at the Asian Championships, he beat the Olympic and Worlds medallists who were all tall opponents.”Nieva said that Panghal will need to work on how to take control of bouts from the beginning. “In the World Championships, bouts were obviously very tricky. It takes him about a round or a round and a half to figure out his opponents and then, once he finds his range and room for his punches then he makes the difference. But we need work on how he can gain that clarity in the first round itself,” he said.”In the final, he found it hard to land cleanly with his upper hand right which was very successful in the previous bouts. It became tricky for him to reach the opponent with that and because of that, he lost his balance sometimes. We hoped that if he could stay close to the body and land a few punches there it would make a difference but it didn’t work out.”I haven’t really watched the fight again yet, but the danger when you have such success with one move is that you start overdoing it and become predictable. So we need to make sure that he has enough weapons in his arsenal,” said Nieva.Panghal would next be in action at the Military World Games that will be held in Wuhan, China next month. “I will be facing those that I couldn’t face here as most boxers are in the military. The experience will be very useful for me going into the Olympic qualifiers,” he said. last_img read more

Pep planning move into international management

first_imgManchester City Man City boss Guardiola planning move into international management Chris Burton 21:36 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Spain Belgium World Cup Premier League The Catalan has no intention of quitting his current post any time soon, but he is eager to experience life in the dugout at a World Cup in the future Pep Guardiola is not planning on leaving Manchester City any time soon, but he is looking to move into international management at some stage in the future.The 47-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden career in club coaching, with a Premier League title added to his roll of honour in 2017-18.Having previously tasted domestic success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, along with European glory while at Camp Nou, the Catalan has established a reputation as one of the very best in the business. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now City are hoping that they will be the ones to benefit from his considerable talents for many years to come, but Guardiola has revealed that he wants to grace a World Cup dugout further down the line.He told HLN during a visit to Belgium: “Doesn’t every successful coach dream of training a national team?“I want to be at a World Cup or European Championship once again, yes. “For now, I want to stay where I am. But if someone makes me on offer in the future, I’m still young.”Guardiola graced just one World Cup in his playing days – the 1994 event in the United States – with injuries restricting him to only one other outing at a major finals, with a quarter-final berth secured at Euro 2000.His previous comments on international management suggest that Spain are the only nation he would consider coaching, with a future role with England having been ruled out.He told reporters back in October 2017: “Always I believe that English people have to be manager for the national team, the Brazilian people have to be manager for the Brazilian team.”With that in mind, Guardiola was quick to distance himself from a Belgian post currently occupied by Roberto Martinez.Kevin De Bruyne BelgiumHe was, however, happy to talk up the qualities of a Red Devils squad which boasts two of his star turns at City – with Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne part of the ranks.“This is a unique generation of Devils,” said Guardiola.“The amount of great players in your national team is great – attackers, midfielders, defenders and a fantastic goalkeeper. “Hopefully Belgium can start the World Cup well – the first match will be the most important one. If you come out with confidence…”Belgium will open their campaign against Panama on June 18 before going on to face Tunisia and England in Group G.last_img read more

Corporate Jamaica Urged to Give Back to the Most Vulnerable

first_imgCorporate Jamaica and other stakeholders are being encouraged to give back to the most vulnerable in the society. This comes from winner of the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM)/Gleaner Company Limited 2012 Manager of the Year Award, Managing Director of Sherwin-Williams (WI) Limited, Ian Forbes. “It’s not only about revenues and profits,” he emphasized, while addressing the awards ceremony, held at King’s House on March 14. “We know it takes cash to care, but it’s not only about cash; it’s about giving back in whatever way… I’m speaking to corporate Jamaica and those outside as well. Embrace the mission of the United Way, which is to increase the organised capacity of individuals to care for each other,” he said. Mr. Forbes, who was recognised for his extraordinary management achievements, public service and community activism, credited his parents for instilling in him the spirit of service and voluntarism. In his citation, Mr. Forbes is described as having a strong belief in the importance of service to the society and has demonstrated this through his tremendous efforts in voluntarism. “His generous spirit is reflected in the company’s sponsorship of needy causes. Among these are: support for the Salvation Army, sponsor of the Gibson Relays and various track and field championships, and providing paint for a wide range of community projects,” the citation read. Mr. Forbes is Chairman of United Way of Jamaica, a volunteer organisation. He is also Vice-President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Second Vice President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Executive Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Institute of Sports.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in congratulating the nominees, noted that their nomination “is a reflection of the tremendous contribution which you have made to your respective companies and to the development of professional management in Jamaica.”“I wish for each of you continued success and that you will have the satisfaction not only of a solid, profitable business, but also of having made a positive impact on the lives of our people,” he said.The Governor-General, who is also President of JIM, noted that the award reinforces good management practices and encourages other managers to emulate the examples of the awardees. “The cumulative effect will redound to the socio-economic advantage of our country,” he said.“Significantly, this awards programme speaks to confidence in, and commitment to the future of Jamaica,” he added.The Manager of the Year Award aims to recognise individuals whose management, leadership and mentorship skills inspire others to aim for excellence in the field of management.Mr. Forbes was chosen from among nine leaders in the field of management. They are: Brenda Cuthbert, Michael Jones, Patrick King, Ryan Mack, Ian Neita, Wayne Powell, Major Richard Reese and Hugh Reid.Mr. Forbes was also conferred with the institute’s Fellow Award by the Governor- General.By Alecia Amith-Edwards, JIS Reporterslast_img read more

Diego Aponte More Transparency Needed in Cargo Declaration

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license There should be more accuracy and transparency in declaration of cargo to shipping companies, Diego Aponte, President and CEO of Switzerland-based MSC Group said.“It is imperative that shipping companies are well informed on what is being transported in containers in order to safely manage dangerous or potentially dangerous cargoes. The public may assume the shipping line is at fault – it is our logo on the ship – but many of the tragedies that occur in our sector are down to incorrectly declared cargo,” Aponte said in the company’s Sustainability Report for 2017.In September 2018, New York District Court said that MSC was not liable for the explosion and losses related to the MSC Flaminia fire from July 2012 that claimed the lives of three crew members and destroyed thousands of cargo containers.Instead, Deltech, the manufacturer of the chemical transported aboard the ship, and Stolt Tank Containers B.V. (Stolt), responsible for trucking the chemical,were found responsible for not informing MSC of the dangers related to the storing of the chemical that eventually led to the incident.“And where there have been accidents at sea, we have always taken all necessary actions and moved promptly to rectify the situation to limit environmental damage and protect lives. No amount of technological progress or digitalisation, it seems, can help fix this relatively simple problem in our industry,” Aponte added.According to the report, in 2017 MSC achieved an 11% reduction in CO2 per tons of cargo moved on a per mile basis, compared to 2015.The reduction was ascribed to a comprehensive fleet retrofitting program, optimisation of bulbous bow and propellers, ballast water management, as well as installation of scrubbers.The company’s overall climate action strategy involves an investment of approximately USD 1.5 billion.“This enormous financial commitment was made possible by MSC’s growing and stable economic performance as well as by the continuous support of key financial institutions,” MSC said.Commenting on its path toward achieving compliance with the sulphur cap, MSC has been exploring the viability of three key solutions: scrubbers, LNG and low sulphur fuel.“Based on current forecasts and considering the size of our fleet, there is a strong business and environmental case for retrofitting our ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS). The systems are costly and complex to install, however, with drydock, manufacturing and installation capacity all being potential limiting factors,” MSC explained.As for LNG, MSC pointed to the shortage of global bunkering infrastructure, especially for bigger ships, while numerous concerns remain with regard to the quality, availability and reliability of new fuel blends.“Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) plays a significant role in our current fuel mix and we will continue to monitor developments,” MSC added.last_img read more

NHL Sides Take Step Backward In Negotiations To End

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman  was “thoroughly disappointed” in three counter-proposals from the players’ association on Thursday and left the negotiating table pessimistic about a resolution.No new talks have been scheduled, and the possibility of a full hockey regular season is quickly shrinking.“Today is not a good day,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said.Thursday’s meetings, according to Bettman, were a “step backward,” while Fehr insists the NHL was only willing to work off its offer from Tuesday, rejecting the players’ three counteroffers.The union offered multiple options in response to the NHL’s offer on Tuesday that called for an 82-game season and a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between owners and players.Said Blues captain David Backes in a text to ESPN.com: “We feel our newest proposal took a great step toward getting a deal done. It’s too bad the owners don’t feel that way and I fear that we may miss an extended amount of time now.”Bettman said that proposal was the “best that we could do” and added that the two sides are still far apart.“None of the three variations of player share that they gave us even began to approach 50-50, either at all or for some long period of time,” Bettman said.“It’s clear we’re not speaking the same language.”Fehr said two of the union’s proposals would have the players take a fixed amount of revenue, which would turn into an approximate 50-50 split over the term of the deal, provided league revenues continued to grow.The third approach would be a 50-50 split, as long as the league honored all existing contracts at full value.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly contradicted what Fehr said was included in the third proposal, saying in a statement: “The so-called 50-50 deal, plus honoring current contracts proposed by the NHL Players’ Association earlier today is being misrepresented. It is not a 50-50 deal. It is, most likely a 56- to 57-percent deal in Year One and never gets to 50 percent during the proposed five-year term of the agreement.“The proposal contemplates paying the Players approximately $650 million outside of the Players’ Share. In effect, the Union is proposing to change the accounting rules to be able to say ’50-50,’ when in reality it is not. The Union told us that they had not yet ‘run the numbers.’ We did.”Further, Daly told ESPN.com that in the league’s view, none of the three offers from the NHLPA guarantee ever getting to a 50/50 split.Bettman said he was still hopeful the league can have a full season, but time is running out to make that happen.“I am concerned based on the proposal that was made today that things are not progressing,” he said. “To the contrary, I view the proposal made by the players’ association in many ways a step backward.”Bettman said Tuesday the sides would have to reach an agreement by Oct. 25 for a full season to be played. read more

LG Display Q1 net profit down almost 100 percent YoY seen as

first_imgLG Display announced its first quarter earnings on Wednesday, showing a steep decline in operating and net profits for the display-panel-making affiliate of LG Electronics. The TV and smartphone display manufacturer reported a 99.8 percent drop in Q1 2016 net profit to 1.2 billion won ($1 million) from 475.8 billion won in the same period the previous year.According to the Financial Times, LG Display’s operating profit during the January-March period was 39.5 billion won ($34.43 million), which is the poorest since Q1 2012 and a 95 percent decrease from the same period in 2015. The sales had also dropped 14.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 5.9 billion won, the report added.LG Display warned of challenging market conditions, citing slow global economic growth and industry oversupply.LG Display makes display panels for TVs, smartphones, tablets, monitors and notebooks. A major share — 38 percent — of the company’s revenue is sourced from the TV panels, while mobile and monitors make up 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Tablets and notebooks together accounted for 24 percent of the company’s Q1 2016 revenue. The company had total revenue of 5.989 trillion won ($5.22 billion) during the period.LG Display broke down the specifics of its quarterly earnings and said the Q1 panel shipments by surface area declined 7.7 percent compared to Q4 2015. The average selling price also declined 17 percent, which shifted the company’s focus towards displays measuring 60 inches to rake in greater profits.LG Display is hopeful for the second-quarter earnings. “Panel shipments in the second quarter of 2016 are expected to increase by a mid-single-digit percentage compared to the first quarter,” Reuters quoted LG Display’s Chief Financial Officer Don Kim as saying.According to the company, the upcoming global sports events such as UEFA Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and China’s Labor Day sales, will increase the shipments and warrant new product launches.Samsung leads the market for small-size OLED displays for smartphone, while LG Display’s dominance is in the large-size TV panels. LG Display is one of the largest providers of Apple’s LCD panels for iPhones and flexible OLED panels for the Apple Watch. But there have been reports that Samsung is trying to win Apple’s exclusive partnership to supply OLEDs for future iPhones.”LG Display is likely to be left empty-handed next year in terms of OLED supply for Apple’s premium phones as it has no capacity for small-size OLED production,” Kim Young-Woo at SK Securities was quoted as saying by FT.last_img read more