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Seneca Therapeutics Expands Product Pipeline Adding Six New SVV-001 Armed Constructs Targeting TEM 8…

first_img Facebook Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter Seneca Therapeutics Expands Product Pipeline Adding Six New SVV-001 Armed Constructs Targeting TEM 8 Expression WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 center_img TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Seneca Therapeutics, Inc. (“STI”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of targeted oncolytic immunotherapeutics based on Seneca Valley Virus (SVV-001), announced today the expansion of its R&D pipeline with six new armed gene therapy/oncolytic constructs directed against important cancer targets and indications. STI also announced an SVV-001 Armed Construct program developing precision medicine constructs expressing patient-specific Neo-antigens. Each of these new gene therapy technologies uses SVV to exclusively target cancer cells with TEM 8 expression. Normal cells lack significant expression of TEM 8 and are therefore not infected by SVV-001, and so the armed transgene will not express in normal cells. Studies in multiple human tumor types indicates TEM 8 expression is an adverse indicator of long-term survival and is associated with cancer metastasis. STI intends to develop each combination as an IV product, taking advantage of the multiple IV dosing program currently underway at the company:SVV-012- SVV+ Anti PD-L1 – “Addition of a checkpoint inhibitor is designed to enhance the CD8+ T-cell response against tumors”SVV-024 – SVV+ Enhanced IL-2 Gene – “This construct is designed to bind IL-2 receptors to activate the immune response in tumors without activating CD25 and thereby avoid toxicities observed with the IL-2 protein”SVV-037 – SVV+ CXCL-9 – “This construct is designed to express the chemokine CXCL-9 in the tumor microenvironment and promote recruitment of immune cells into treated tumors”SVV-044 – SVV+ TGF-beta decoy – “This construct is designed to block TGF-beta signaling in tumors and avoid immunosuppression”SVV- 058 SVV+ Nitroreductase – “This nitroreductase construct is designed to function as a prodrug and convert cytotoxic metabolites selectively in the tumor microenvironment”SVV- 069 – SVV+ IL-2/IL-15 Fusion Protein – “Vectors delivering IL-2/IL-15 agonists are designed to improve immune cell trafficking and infiltration into tumors and provide both T-cell and NK-cell signals” Each of these products either has been or is being produced in STI’s SVV platform. Animal studies for each product are anticipated to begin in 2Q21. The SVV-001 Armed Construct for Neo-antigens program plans to use patient specific neo-antigens to take advantage of the rapid two-week development cycle for SVV-001 Armed Constructs. “SVV itself has many distinct advantages over other forms of cancer therapy. Chief among these is the exquisite cancer cell specificity of both SVV replication and the expression of a transgene. Together, these make SVV a unique and powerful multi-modal platform,” said Dr. Paul Hallenbeck, Ph.D. Founder and President of STI. About Seneca Therapeutics Seneca Therapeutics was founded by Dr. Paul Hallenbeck to develop SVV-001 related products. Seneca Therapeutics is also developing armed versions of SVV-001 to selectively express gene product(s) that are inserted into the genome of SVV-001 and create additional anti-tumor effects. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains “forward-looking statements” concerning the development of Seneca Therapeutics products, the potential benefits and attributes of those products, and the company’s expectations regarding its prospects. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release. Actual results may vary. Seneca Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005025/en/ CONTACT: Paul Hallenbeck [email protected] James Hussey [email protected] www.senecatherapeutics.com KEYWORD: PENNSYLVANIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH GENETICS PHARMACEUTICAL ONCOLOGY SOURCE: Seneca Therapeutics, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 06:00 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 06:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005025/en Previous articlePope seeks ‘Copernican revolution’ for post-COVID economyNext articleClean Energy Signs Multi-Year Contract with LA Metro for More Than 47 Million Gallons of Renewable Natural Gas Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


Timberwolves almost drafted Kobe Bryant in 1996 NBA Draft

first_img“Uhhhh, I’m not going to answer that question,” Lin said. “Next question, please.”The question was still posed to him. After all, Lin has scored in double digits in 15 of the past 22 games despite seeing inconsistent roles as both a starter, reserve, point guard and off-ball guard. “I understand God is in control,” Lin said. “That’s the biggest thing for me. It doesn’t matter what’s happening around me. I don’t always understand. I’m not talking about this season, but in life. I don’t always understand what happened or why things happen the way they did. But I understand God has a perfect plan and he loves me.”Lin seemed more concern about a recent sinus issue that he believes he can recover from during the Lakers day off on Thursday as they travel to Toronto.“I might just sleep until Friday morning” Lin joked, “and see you guys at shootaround.” The Timberwolves acquired Garnett in a mid-season trade from Brooklyn, a move both to mentor Minnesota’s young players and possibly end his career with the team that originally drafted him. But the history between Bryant and Garnett mostly rest on the NBA Finals matchups between the Lakers and Celtics in 2008 (Lakers lost 4-2) and 2010 (Lakers won 4-3). But Saunders’ most definitive memory of Bryant and Garnett took place when he coached them in the 2004 NBA All-Star game.“Kobe was picking guys up at 94 feet,” Saunders said. “That’s his competitiveness and nature in wanting to win and play. KG is the same way. As long as they love playing the game, they’re going to keep on playing.” Staying calmLakers guard Jeremy Lin initially did not want to broach the subject. He was asked if he was surprised he sat out of the final 11:21 of the fourth quarter and all of overtime despite posting 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting and five assists. MINNEAPOLIS – The possibility still haunts and intrigues Minnesota coach Flip Saunders 19 years later. What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury. “We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.”Neither Bryant (right shoulder) nor Garnett (sore left knee) played in Wednesday’s game in what could have been the second-to-last matchup before Garnett’s possible final season in a storied 19-year NBA career. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


SA para-cycling team shines in Europe

first_imgThe announcement of the team is expected by the end of June. Never before had a South African cyclist achieved the feat. Strong performancesApart from the medallists, South African riders who performed particularly well in the World Cup series included T2 tri-cyclist Yusthin Lintnaar, who claimed one fourth and two fifth place finishes. Although track racing is her preferred discipline, her world class all-round cycling capability was proven by the bronze medal finish she achieved in the Merano road race and, more remarkably, by the UCI World Cup leader jersey she won for the overall best-performing rider in the European leg of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series. Roxy Burns (C4) used the European UCI road World Cup series to prepare for the 2013/2014 track World Championships. South Africa’s national para-cycling team returned from Europe on Tuesday evening having earned a number of accolades in back-to-back UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup races in Merano, Italy and Segovia, Spain. Announced himself with a bangGeorge Rex, the 2013 T1 tri-cycling national champion, was selected to the South African team with the aim of introducing him to international racing. He announced himself with a bang, claiming silver medal finishes in both the time trial and road race events in which he competed in Segovia, and set the platform for a successful international career. “For many of our riders competing in a World Cup in Europe for the first time, the experience was a revelation, and they are motivated to better their current times,” said team manager JC van der Walt. The South African team to compete in the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada during August/September will be selected on the basis of rider performances in the just completed European World Cup series. While former Formula One driver Zanardi’s stamina and strength made him a deserving winner, his one-of-a-kind, aerodynamically optimised hand-cycle certainly assisted him in clinching the sprint finishes. center_img Pipped at the postHaving positioned himself well to achieve sprint finish wins in both races, he was pipped at the post on both occasions by Paralympic gold medallist Alessandro Zanardi. H4 hand-cycle world champion and Paralympic silver medallist Van Dyk demonstrated his road-racing prowess by claiming silver medal finishes in both the Merano and Segovia World Cups. H2 hand cycling time trial specialist Stuart McCreadie picked up a fifth place finish in Spain and H1 hand-cyclist Justine Asher shone before a serious accident during the Merano hand cycle relay race left her with bone fractures in both legs. The team equalled its previous best tour tally of podium finishes with four silver medals and one bronze medal. Medal winners included Paralympian cyclists Ernst van Dyk and Roxy Burns and their rookie team-mate George Rex. ‘Very satisfying’“Even for those riders who did not win medals, they improved their performances and bettered their personal-best average times. Watching them race was very satisfying and it was a great tour for the team,” Van der Walt said. 20 June 2013 Van Dyk was very satisfied with his performances in Italy and Spain, feeling they confirmed his potential to retain his UCI road race world champion status. He will defend the title in Canada later this year. SAinfo reporter and Cycling South Africa)last_img read more


USDA Touts Locks, Dams ROI

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorALTON, Ill. (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is pushing for increased spending on locks and dams in the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River so U.S. agriculture can boost sales and remain competitive in the coming decades.Perdue released a USDA study Wednesday stating that spending $6.3 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the lock and dam system would boost agricultural sales as much as $142 billion through 2045.“This is where we need to be folks, right here,” Perdue told a group of farmers, local officials and barge industry representatives at the Alton, Illinois, lock and dam.The secretary frequently pointed to the “rate of return” from boosting investment to $6.3 billion in Corps of Engineers construction funds, which would boost GDP by $72 billion over time. Perdue added that global competitors are investing in infrastructure, and he noted that China is investing in Brazilian infrastructure. “If we want to remain as the superpower for food in the world, this is what we have got to do,” Perdue said.The secretary said global competitiveness was the driver behind the report. Perdue noted the production of corn and soybeans in the U.S. has a great deal to do with access to the waterways for exports. “Everybody is for infrastructure and wants to invest in infrastructure, but what difference does it make? I’m a return on investment guy, and that is what we wanted to have was a valid argument we could take to Congress to show this is what we get back when we are willing to invest,” Perdue said.The USDA report proposes a few scenarios for increased investment in inland waterways through 2045, or maintaining the status quo and reducing investment. Increased investment in the river would boost employment by 77,000 jobs and increase gross domestic product by $72 billion. Agricultural sales would rise from $354 billion to $496 billion, or 40%, over that time. Reducing investment in locks and dams would curb jobs, GDP and agricultural sales by nearly comparable amounts, the report stated.While calling for $6.3 billion more in direct construction investment over 10 years, the USDA analysis calls for increased funding through 2045 to rehabilitate existing locks and conduct routine maintenance that would cost just under $36 billion over that time span.USDA shows the costs of a metric ton of U.S. soybeans last year to Shanghai, China, — including the farm-gate price, was about $397.45 while from Mato Grosso, Brazil, the costs were $402.80. With increased investment, those costs in the U.S. could come down about 4% to around $380.25 a ton.Also taking part in the report release was R.D. James, assistant secretary for the U.S. Army Civil Works Division. James farms cotton, corn and soybeans in southeast Missouri, but also has served multiple stints on the Mississippi River Commission, which oversees management of the river south of St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. James pointed out roughly 60% of corn exports move down the Mississippi River and roughly 40% of all agricultural exports move down the river.“I know the importance of this river and the inland waterways system to farmers,” James said.James noted most of the locks and dams on the Mississippi were built in the 1930s and ’40s. They were also built at a much quicker pace than similar Corps of Engineers projects now take today.Constant delays and repairs up and down the river all translate into widening basis for farmers, James added. The system now can often be compared to a two-lane highway in which traffic has been shifted down to just one lane, he said. James said some locks have smaller lock chambers that require barges to break apart and move through in segments, taking up hours at a time.“Improvements to this lock and dam system are crucial for the American farmer,” James said. He later added, “Basis affects all of us.”The Corps has been focused this spring and summer on flood recovery on both the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers. James said that can affect overall congressional appropriations for the Corps spending. “Congress basically has in their minds the top limits, and they are only going to give the Corps so many dollars, and if the Corps has to put that in flood recovery, they will, instead of construction projects,” James said.Perdue and James called on agricultural groups, the barge industry and local officials to begin aggressively lobbying congressional appropriators to increase funding for lock and dam projects. An official for the Iowa Department of Transportation at the meeting noted that upgrading locks and dams is one of Iowa DOT’s main priorities, because state highways cannot handle the volume of commodity traffic that the Mississippi River can carry.A full copy of the USDA study, “Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture,” can be found here: https://www.ams.usda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

first_imgThis article is the second of a two-part series. To read about residential code proposals, click here.With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code also is a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met last month in Albuquerque on proposals to update the next model residential and commercial building codes for homes and the commercial energy code. In Part One of this series, I discussed the proposals at play for the residential energy code. Today we’re examining the commercial energy code, which covers building elements like insulation, windows, and mechanical equipment in non-residential buildings and multifamily structures over four stories in height.The processAs part of the process of updating the energy code, the Natural Resources Defense Council and many others submitted proposals to the International Code Council back in January, offering a variety of ideas for modifying the energy code.The Committee Action Hearings in May gave proponents and opponents of each proposal the opportunity to hash it out in front of a technical advisory committee, which then voted on each one. Next, proponents can revise and resubmit proposals, which will be discussed again during the Public Comment Hearings in October. Governmental voting members like city code officials or sustainability directors have the final word, and they’ll get to vote on each proposal in November.While governmental officials hold the ultimate power on what goes into the new building energy code, the commercial code committee’s action this month is still important: a favorable recommendation means a proposal only needs a simple majority of governmental official votes to pass and become part of the code, while a committee recommendation for disapproval means that a proposal requires a two-thirds majority of votes to reverse it to become part of the code.Commercial proposalsWe’ve previously noted how difficult it is to get good energy efficiency proposals passed by the notably challenging residential code committee. Well, I’m happy to report that the commercial committee was much more favorable to energy efficiency, and if all goes well in the November vote, there will be substantial energy efficiency improvements in the commercial energy code.Electric vehicle chargingA proposal for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (CE217 Part 1) received a favorable recommendation from the committee, which is great news. While promoting electric vehicles may initially seem like a completely separate issue from the building energy code, where do you charge your electric car? Generally at the building where you live or work. And it’s much cheaper and easier to install the charging infrastructure, which includes conduit and wiring and space on the electric panel, at the time of construction.Electric vehicles are key to the fight against the climate crisis. More than 95% of the energy used in transportation comes from oil, which means high levels of pollution and emissions. Electric vehicles have much lower emissions, and every major automaker plans to electrify a significant portion of its vehicle fleets in the coming years.However, a key barrier to customer adoption is the lack of access to EV charging stations. This proposal would require a certain percentage of parking spaces in commercial buildings to be ready to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which makes sense for drivers, building owners, and the Earth.InsulationThe committee also passed a swath of proposals that will improve the insulation required in roofs (CE61), above- and below-grade walls (CE63 and CE64, respectively), floors (CE66) and building slabs (CE68 and CE69). Each of these proposals would have a moderate impact on a building’s energy efficiency, but taken together they will result in buildings that use less energy and are more comfortable.Furthermore,  these proposals make improvements based on extensive research and cost-benefit analyses used to support ASHRAE 90.1, which is another type of building energy standard commonly used for commercial building construction. By selecting the most efficient, cost-effective requirements from the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, these improvements will help ensure that commercial buildings reap the benefits of efficiency. And since insulation is likely to remain unchanged over the useful life of the building (70-100 years or more), these improvements will benefit generations of building occupants.Plug loadsMiscellaneous electrical loads – meaning all the things you plug in, like monitors, printers, and space heaters – use more than one-third of the energy in the average commercial building. That number is projected to grow to nearly 45% over the next 15 years. Lots of energy is wasted by printers or monitors that consume energy in idle mode, even when nobody is there to use them. A proposal passed the committee (CE216) that will require at least half of all electrical outlets to have automatic shutoffs, to cut down on this “vampire load.”FenestrationWhen it comes to fenestration (meaning any openings in the building’s envelope, like windows or doors), there were multiple proposals (CE84 and CE87) that will significantly increase efficiency. A broad range of representatives in the fenestration industry reached a consensus that will both improve the efficiency and comfort of windows, and also align the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, making compliance and enforcement easier.That’s great news for anyone in an office building or a high-rise multifamily building who sits near a window that is too hot in the summer: improved fenestration saves energy while making buildings more comfortable and reducing solar heat gain.…And more!My colleagues Dan Bresette at the Alliance to Save Energy and Kim Cheslak at the Institute for Market Transformation give a great overview of some additional proposals that passed the commercial committee, including proposals that would require energy-monitoring systems (CE215), improve the efficiency of ventilation in multifamily buildings by requiring energy recovery ventilation systems, and making changes to the structure of the code to make it clearer and easier to use (CE41, CE42 Part 1, and CE218, among others).There’s also an interesting proposal (CE264) to codify Architecture 2030’s ZERO CODE as an option for code compliance. And just like in the residential code, efficiency advocates were successful at ensuring that the commercial code doesn’t slide backward, in spite of numerous attempts to weaken it by some attending the committee hearing.It was a great few weeks in Albuquerque, and we’re off to a solid start to make the 2021 energy code the best one yet.Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate at the NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more


Fernandez thanks doubters for pushing Red Lions to work harder

first_imgBut the Red Lions threw the Pirates’ undefeated record down the drain when they swept the best-of-three Finals with a 92-82 victory on Thursday.Fernandez added another hardware to his already gaudy trophy case with his third championship with San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut more than the citation, what meant more to for Fernandez was his triumphant return to the collegiate scene after two years in the pros with NLEX.“A door closes and a big gate of San Beda opened up for me. San Beda welcomed me with open arms, and they really, really tried to adjust to my system,” he said. “It’s tough for me with all the situation that I had in the past. It brought back the trust I had in myself, because what happened to me was so bad that I thought I’d never coach again.” 10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports It was one of the most challenging tasks the outspoken mentor has ever faced in his decorated career in the collegiate scene.Through the course of San Beda’s stronghold of the NCAA throne, it has never been regarded as an underdog. That was until Season 93, when surprise top seed Lyceum rampaged through the field and completed the 18-game sweep of the eliminations.Fernandez knew the odds were stacked against him, and it didn’t help that criticisms were hurled his way when the Red Lions failed to finish on top for the first time in 12 years.Fortunately for him, his players showed their worth and proved that this batch is truly one of the best this decade has ever seen, shunning  doubts with a championship to brag.“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for around 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us. But the circle of this team never doubted each other,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Fernandez also said that these criticisms fueled San Beda to work as hard, if not harder, than anyone to show that it is still the defending champion.“We thank the haters and the doubters because they pushed me to work harder and really looked at that point why we’re losing against LPU. They gave us fire and we strived hard to win. They counted us out, they counted me out right away, but in the end, we came back and won a championship,” he said.Fernandez is also hopeful that the NCAA Season 93 trophy will be enough to merit a return ticket for him in Mendiola next year.“I wish I’ll continue to coach San Beda. I know it will be up to the bosses what their decision will be, but if I will be asked if I’ll stay with San Beda, can it be lifetime?,” he asked.At this moment, with a championship to boot, there’s no reason why Fernandez shouldn’t. MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the first to admit that no one deserved the NCAA Coach of the Year award more than Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson.“Coach Topex deserves this one. He went 18-0 and I just want to share it to coach Topex,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Read the writing on the wall and call it a day

first_imgTime is essential in whatever you do, perhaps more so in sports. Whenever sportspersons or administrators have failed to realise its significance, they have invited embarrassment. Recently, a few high profile players caused themselves heartburn, deep anguish, and a sense of betrayal, all because they lacked a sense of their time being up.Simon Katich is furious after being dropped from the Australian contracted players’ list. Only if he had seen the writing on the wall – he hadn’t scored a Test century for 15 months, though he continued to open the innings- he would be a less unhappy man.Sourav Ganguly is another player who refuses to see the wall, leave alone the writing on it. A few days ago the 38-year-old player made an astonishing statement: ” I [would] like to play for some more years in the IPL. Maybe, after four or five years I will think about other options.” The statement drew both anger and laughter from his fans, who are bewildered as to how Ganguly expects to continue for so long. Ganguly remained unsold at the IPL players’ auction 2011 and was picked by Pune with a few matches left, only as a replacement for the injured Ashish Nehra.Ganguly should also know that Indian selectors have probably never forewarned players whom they are about to drop, or given them a courtesy call after dropping them. At least Andrew Hitlditch, chairman of the Aussie selection panel, called up Katich.In this regard, Sanath Jayasuriya should consider himself fortunate that he at least got an opportunity to announce his retirement when he was recalled into the ODI team after a year, apparently following a ‘deal’ with the selectors.advertisementBut some of the greatest names in Indian cricket never got that privilege. Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi and Gundappa Viswanath are some of the big names that did not have a controversy-free exit. Kapil’s bowling had lost its cutting edge by 1994 but he continued while his critics bayed for his blood; Viswanath went the same way after the 1983 tour of Pakistan; and Bedi was axed unceremoniously after the 1979 England trip.Looking back, a wiser Bedi magnanimously admits that most players of his era didn’t suspect the games selectors/administrators played.”When you are dropped, you are forgotten. We were not street- smart enough to understand the selectors’ game plan,” Bedi told Mail Today. Bedi was part of the selection committee that ended Viswanath’s career, and he candidly admits that the genial batting maestro didn’t get a fair deal. “The committee was split on Vishy. But none of us could analyse his performance, his game,” he says. Which selector would muster the courage to admit that today, when each one gets Rs 40 lakh annually from the BCCI? In cricket administration, too, some of the biggest names falter.In 2004, Sharad Pawar was so confident that he just could not visualise himself losing to someone like Ranbir Singh Mahendra, who was backed by Jagmohan Dalmiya. The veteran politician lost by a solitary vote to the Bhiwani-based lawyer, though he took sweet revenge the next year.Pawar, now president of the International Cricket Council, has been heading the Mumbai Cricket Association for 11 years, but his tenure could continue.He is said to be indecisive (or, is he keeping his cards close to his chest, strategically?) while MCA vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar has declared his intention to contest for the top post.In other Indian sports, the concept of retirement just doesn’t exist. Great players simply fade out, to borrow a filmi jargon, after being dropped, most often unceremoniously.Have you heard of a hockey great or champion athlete calling a press conference to announce his/her retirement? Sporting bosses get priorities wrong Like in other walks of life in India, sports administrators most often get their priorities wrong, especially when it comes to chalking out strategies for big global events like the Olympic Games. At a time when all their energies should have been focussed on training athletes, some of the top administrators of the country are shamelessly fighting over petty issues.VK Malhotra, the interim IOA president, continues to fight over the proposed sports draft bill; Pargat Singh feels going on a fast will clean hockey, forgetting that this tool is doubleedged as reactions to Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev’s sit-ins have shown; and the government is determined to bring sports federations under the hammer – issues that should be put on the back burner till the Olympics.Our Olympic preparations have already started inordinately late, and some Games-related bureaucratic exercises that should have been completed long ago are still going on. With only 15 months left for the sporting extravaganza to begin, the sports ministry has now asked the Sports Authority of India to furnish details of the number of coaches, both Indian and foreign, engaged in the preparations.advertisementIs this the time to go through such basic exercises and, on top of that, put their details in the public domain, showing the authorities in poor light? Strangely, only 17 of the 28 foreign coaches who intended to be involved in the preparations have reported so far, as per the ministry. Out of Rs 238.39 crore earmarked for the preparations, Rs 20 crore has been set aside for expenditure on foreign coaches. What is the point of budgeting when the preparations don’t begin well in advance, are not systematic, and athletes don’t benefit from them? Our worst fears may come true going by the loopholes in our system and the outlook of our administrators. Dalmiya plays perfect hostJagmohan Dalmiya is a happy and content man now. Having married off his son Avishek last week- his daughter got married earlier- the Cricket Association of Bengal president seems to have performed all his familial duties. The wedding reception, hosted at Taj Bengal in Kolkata on Sunday, was a grand affair, according to Gautam Dasgupta, a long-standing confidant of Dalmiya. The who’s who of Indian cricket, both players and administrators, graced the occasion.”BCCI president Shashank Manohar, chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, vice-president Rajeev Shukla, former captains Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, and Bishan Singh Bedi were among the people who came for the reception,” Dasgupta told Mail Today . “BCCI secretary N Srinivasan could not make it, but his daughter and son-in-law did come. Also, there were local politicians from various parties.”Manohar’s presence at the reception is no surprise as he and Dalmiya, in different camps till recently, have become ‘friends’ again. Another interesting aspect was that along with the invitation cards, Dalmiya also sent air tickets to some of his outstation guests, said a little bird. Sports studies catching on For Indian youngsters to try their hand and luck in sports studies, there have never been as many opportunities as exist now. To provide additional options for the young, foreign universities are offering courses for making a career in academics as well as sports studies.And now, through tieups, foreign universities are sending their sporting brand ambassadors to India to attract potential students.While Australian universities have engaged cricketers like Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist, a British university is sending Ikram Butt, a former England rugby player of Asian origin, to India this month to interact with youngsters who are interested in sports studies. In 1995, Butt became the first South Asian to play either code of international rugby for England.last_img read more


2009 WA Junior State Champs

first_imgThe 2009 Be Active Junior State Champs will be held at Lightning Park, Noranda, WA, from Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February 2009.Over 25 teams will compete in 5 divisions, including 10’s, 12’s and 15’s Mixed, as well as 18’s Boys and Girls. The 15’s Boys final will also be played on Sunday, with Northern Districts taking on Tompkins Park.67 games will be played over the course of the championships, with teams from Fremantle, Tompkins Park, Peel Districts, Brighton, Northern Districts, Goldfields, Southern Districts and Perth Brothers all competing. The first games will be played on Friday at 6pm, with round games to continue on Saturday and Sunday. Finals will commence at 10.40am on Sunday, with the 12’s Mixed final, followed by the 15’s Mixed and 15’s Boys at 11.20am, the 18’s Girls at 12.10pm and the 18’s Boys at 1pm. The Under 10’s presentation will be held at 11am, with the 12’s at 11.30am and the 15’s and 18’s at the conclusion of the 18’s Boys final.For further information, visit the Junior State Champs website:http://www.juniorstatechamps.com.aulast_img read more


Touch at the historic Women’s State of Origin 2018!

first_imgGet ready for the NRL Holden Women’s State of Origin, launching in 2018.Be at North Sydney Oval at 6pm on Friday 22nd June to witness the Holden Women’s State of Origin kick off a new era in elite women’s sport.The spectacular tries, speed, passion and rivalry of Origin will all be on display. It’s the same game, our way.It’ll all start with a NSW vs Qld Women’s Touch game, where the best of the best elite female touch players will go head to head in their state colours.And it’ll be followed by a historic NRL match, the first ever Holden Women’s State of Origin.Game day infoDate: 22nd June 2018Location: North Sydney Oval, NSWRunning times:Gates open: 6:00pmNSW vs Qld Women’s Touch tap-off: 6:15pmNRL Holden Women’s State of Origin kick-off: 7:40pmTickets: $10 online (kids under 15 free); $15 at the gateBuy tickets herelast_img read more


12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team

first_imgWenger: My favourite Arsenal teamby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer. “My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”Wenger added that the defence from the 1997-98 side was of a particularly high standard. He said: “But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98. “Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. “You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start. “They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more