Rugby World Cup Portrait Photos

first_imgTake a look at the poses players are striking ahead of the tournament in Japan Rugby World Cup Portrait PhotosThe Rugby World Cup is a serious business, but before the tournament kicks off and the hunt for the Webb Ellis trophy begins in Japan, all the squads have a photoshoot to do for World Rugby.Getty Images are the official photographers and as well as taking the traditional headshots of all 620 players from the 20 countries taking part in the tournament, they have managed to get some of them to do something a little different and strike unusual poses before the action gets underway.So before the first match – Japan v Russia on Friday 20 September – we thought we’d pick out a few of our favourites from the different shoots so far, where players have shown off their personalities and had a laugh in front of the camera before the rugby begins. And we’ll make additions as more photos are taken.Let’s start with the reigning world champions New Zealand – here’s All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor in a mid-haka pose…Then we have the lesser-known Russia flanker Tagir Gadzhiev, who has been tipped by coach Lyn Jones as ‘one to watch’ during the tournament, donning a wig for his shoot…Does this picture demonstrate how Scotland front-rower Gordon Reid would celebrate a try at the World Cup?Fumiaki Tanaka, the scrum-half, is one of Japan’s most experienced players – and he has a lively personality. Expect to see him pulling a few more funny faces, as well as delivering crisp service, during the tournament…Next there’s France prop Jefferson Poirot. Perhaps he’s suggesting that France can be the silent assassins at this year’s World Cup! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Snap happy: Japan players Lomano Lava Lemeki, Atsushi Sakate and Yusuke Kizu (Getty Images) center_img Adam Ashley-Cooper is representing Australia in a World Cup for a fourth time, but the 35-year-old still recognises the importance of having a laugh off the pitch, as illustrated by this photo with fellow Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale…England prop Joe Marler always shows plenty of character during photo shoots and this World Cup one is no exception…Here’s Argentina‘s Matias Moroni showing off skills more often displayed with a football…Fiji front-rower Manasa Saulo certainly enjoyed his photoshoot…Namibia‘s Helarius Axasman Kisting is also very excited… Keep track of all the Rugby World Cup news on rugbyworld.com and via our social channels as we report on the goings-on from Japan.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Pasadena City Council Votes to Support Proposition 47

first_img More Cool Stuff The Pasadena City Council voted at its Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 meeting to support Proposition 47, known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. Proposition 47 is among the statewide ballot measures California voters can consider for the upcoming election Tuesday, Nov. 4.If passed, Proposition 47’s provisions would reduce from felonies to misdemeanors certain nonserious and nonviolent property and drug offenses, such as theft of property worth $950 or less, shoplifting property worth $950 or less and possession of most illegal drugs for personal use. The measure’s language indicates the penalty would not change for possession of marijuana, which is currently either an infraction or misdemeanor.The reduction in penalties would not apply to offenders who have previously been convicted of serious crimes, such as murder, rape, child molestation and certain gun crimes, according to Proposition 47 language.Proposition 47 also provides that certain offenders currently serving felony sentences for certain nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes can apply to have their sentences reduced to misdemeanor sentences. Under the measure as written, courts are not required to reduce the sentence for an offender currently serving a felony sentence if the court finds it likely the offender will commit a serious crime.Additionally, the proposition as written provides that the predicted annual savings due to penalty reductions, as estimated by California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration, would be allocated for the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund.By Aug. 15 of each fiscal year beginning in 2016, the state Controller would disperse 25 percent of the available funds for K-12 truancy prevention in public schools; 10 percent for victims services and 65 percent for mental health, drug abuse treatment and diversion programs to help keep offenders out of prison and jail systems, according to the proposition.Read more about Proposition 47 at www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/pdf.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS News Feature Stories Pasadena City Council Votes to Support Proposition 47 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 13, 2014 | 11:51 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News center_img Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Woman Being Deceptive About Her Age Is Nothing New!HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Up to 20 cats found dead of suspected poisoning across Donegal

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – April 7, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp It has emerged that up to 20 cats across Donegal have recently died from suspected poisoning.Up to ten cats have been found dead in Porthall Lifford, a further six in Ardara with dead cats also found in St Johnston.It is not yet clear if the cats consumed poison by accident or where intentionally targeted.Paula’s mother lives in Lifford and recently found her cat ‘Bri’ dead – she told the Shaun Doherty Show that the problem seems widespread:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Cats530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous articleCouncil to take over monument commemorating the Battle of ScariffholisNext articleTwo Donegal schools have extentions approved for Special Needs Areas News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Up to 20 cats found dead of suspected poisoning across Donegal Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Roberts Bakery adds Microlise to its fleet

first_imgNorthwich-based business Roberts Bakery has started using the Microlise transport management system across its 90-strong fleet.Use of the Microlise Fleet Performance and Journey Management solutions on all vehicles is expected to help Roberts Bakery reduce costs and environmental impact.Mark Owen, logistics director at Roberts Bakery, said Microlise would enable the company to get its products from the oven to shelf in a more efficient manner.“The baking industry has very specific needs,” he said. “Microlise will help reduce our fuel consumption and decrease our environmental footprint. Microlise also helps underpin our commitment to delivering the very highest levels of customer service across the board.”A target of over 10% cost reduction has been set, which will be achieved through improved driver performance and journey efficiency.The family-run bakery delivers 3.5 million loaves of bread, bread rolls and other baked goods each week across the UK.last_img read more

Trump, GOP policies favor the wealthy

first_imgThe Republicans just passed a tax bill estimated to put the country further in debt to the tune of $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. This is on top of the $20 trillion that we now owe, one-third of which is to foreigners.The bulk of the tax cuts will go to corporations and the owners of corporations, not to the middle class or poor, who would probably spend it and stimulate the economy. President Regan, President George W. Bush, and now President Trump all signed tax bills that benefited rich people, put the country further in debt and didn’t really benefit others. Now we are being told that entitlements — Social Security and Medicare — are the problem and must be fixed before the country goes broke. Joseph J. HehirNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Jeremy Lin, Byron Scott debate merits of L.A. Lakers’ pick-and-roll play

first_img“I’m a player who will take what the defense gives me,” Lin said. “Whatever it is, if they’re giving me the shot, I’m going to shoot it. If not, I’ll try to get someone else a good shot.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed forward Nick Young as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against Dallas because of a swollen left knee. Scott hoped Young could work out on Saturday during the team’s day off. But the Lakers decided it would be best for Young to rest. His injury has kept him out for the past six games. Helping outLakers forward Jordan Hill attended the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday morning, an event that helps raise funds for cancer treatment. In recent seasons, Hill also has purchased tickets and invited breast-cancer survivors to attend various Lakers’ games.Hill’s mother, Carol, died because of complications with breast cancer when he was 3 years old. Hill’s sister and stepmother also detected early signs of breast cancer and successfully received treatment.“I’m loving it,” Hill said. “I’m going to do whatever I can and do as much support as possible and be there for my mom and who ever else has had the disease.” The two have remained respectful of each other through both the good and the bad. But rarely have Lakers coach Byron Scott and Lakers guard Jeremy Lin ever agreed on much regarding both his early-season struggles and his recent success following the NBA All-Star break. Lin enters Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (40-24) at Staples Center averaging 15.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 5.63 assists and .88 turnovers in 25.12 minutes per game through eight contests following the All-Star break. That marks a sharp increase from when Lin averaged 10.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting, 4.6 assists and 2.7 turnovers in 25.5 minutes per game before the break.“He’s more comfortable,” Scott said. “He’s not thinking so much out there.” Yet, Lin argued he mostly feels comfortable because Scott has granted him both more freedom to run the offense and run more pick-and-roll plays. “That’s who I am,” said Lin, whose $14.9 million contract expires this offseason. “That’s what allowed me to have success in the past. That’s the reason why people are paying me money to play pick-and-roll.”Scott initially remained reluctant for Lin to play pick-and-roll because he believed the play stunted the team’s ball movement. Scott also preferred varying up the playbook to read how defenses were guarding various offensive approaches. “Everybody is stationary and it’s easy to guard,” Scott said of the pick-and-roll. “You go to that in a late game situation when you got guys who are rolling pretty good. That’s a different story. But to start the game with that is something I didn’t like.”Lin has run the play more since the All-Star break. But he said this new trend happened without having any dialogue with Scott about it. Lin also disagreed with Scott’s assessment that the play hurt ball movement.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

When Science Gets Political

first_imgThe classic view of the scientist as an unbiased observer of nature was shattered with the development of the atomic bomb.  Suddenly, it became apparent to the physicists working out the equations of nuclear fission that they could not absolve themselves completely of responsibility for the political uses of their research.  Yet since the days of the French Academy of Sciences in the 17th century, kings and other rulers have called on natural philosophers to inform their decisions.  These days, scientific institutions state political opinions at will.  Some recent news items show them inserting their opinions beyond what the data alone might indicate. Population:  A series on global population in Science at the end of July included a Chinese public policy expert telling China what to do about its one-child policy,1 a demographer at UC Berkeley telling the UN how to project global population trends,2 and another expert discussing the “upside of downsizing.”3 One unusual article in the series was by David Malakoff, a writer (not a scientist), who asked, “Are more people necessarily a problem?”4  He told how the inhabitants of Machaco, “a parching desert of rocks, stones and sand” in Kenya, used to live in miserable poverty and hopelessness.  Today, 1.5 million people call it home, and are much better off.  Social and economic changes allowed the population to “regreen once-barren hillsides, reinvigorate failing soils, reduce birth rates, and increase crop production and incomes,” supporting the counter-intuitive idea “that rapid human population growth, even in some of Earth’s driest, most challenging environments, is not necessarily a recipe for disaster—and can even bring benefits.”  More people meant more innovation, more labor and more political involvement.  He added: And Machakos isn’t alone. In other hard-pressed regions, researchers are finding that even explosive population growth can be accompanied by some surprising trends—such as increased tree cover, more productive farms and economies, and improved well-being. Such results are adding new fuel to long-standing arguments that sheer numbers alone don’t determine the consequences of population growth, and that a complex mix of culture, socioeconomics, and biology also plays a role. The findings are also renewing interest in the work of a pioneering Danish economist who challenged conventional notions about the dire consequences of more people—and are raising hopes that even the poorest, fastest-growing regions could, with the right mix of policies, ride out the global population tsunami. This contradicts Malthus, he said.  To Malakoff, Malthusian pessimism should be balanced by the views of Ester Boserup, a Danish economist who died in 1999, who argued that population growth could intensify new technology and more labor to get more productivity out of the land—and even decrease erosion—leading to more sustainability, not less. He added, though, that not all economists agree, and location may play a crucial role in outcome. One point seems clear; more people does not necessarily lead to catastrophe.  “The trick is getting good policy that addresses local conditions and recognizes the needs and knowledge of local people,” one geographer said.  This paper by Malakoff stood in stark contrast to the others with more dire predictions. Stem Cells.  Nature proudly presented Paul Knoepfler,5 who decided to take his science to the blogosphere and become a stem-cell blogger, taking his views online to argue that success with adult stem cells is not “a panacea that make embryonic stem cells redundant”.  His article did not mention ethics.  A Nature editorial August 4 also presented cautious optimism in support of the recent ruling that allowed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to proceed.6  “The law has got this one right, but being right is rarely enough.” Climate change.  In Nature News, Jeff Tollefson championed the cause of scientists who have challenged Joe Bast, a libertarian who, with his Heartland Institute, have led skeptics of human-caused global warming. “The skeptic meets his match,” Tollefson wrote, adding, “Joe Bast and his libertarian think tank are a major force among climate sceptics — but they just can’t win the battle over science.”  (Ironically, Andy Coghlan at New Scientist suggested that rapid climate change was responsible for sending Australopithecus out of the trees to begin the rise to humans.) Evolution.  In a news focus article, Science magazine noted that schools are entering debates about whether to teach anthropogenic global warming as controversial or not.7  A Colorado activist noted, “Evolution is still the big one, but climate change is catching up.”  Writer Sara Reardon made it clear her disdain for members of the public who have conducted a “the century-long assault on evolution” as she called it. Utopia.  Shadows of utopian dreams lingered behind an article on PhysOrg called, “Helping to map the foundations of a ‘Big Society’.”  Members of an institution called the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) in Southampton, UK, a “broad interdisciplinary mix of academics,” are “bringing together a wide range of evidence to analyze the uneven capacity of communities, and are seeking to relate these patterns to underlying social and economic conditions.”  Third Sector refers to non-government organizations.  The TSRC appears ready to inform governments about how to allocate public funding.  Its director said, “This calls for creative thought about how we match community needs, with people who have the time and resources to contribute voluntary effort.”  The TSRC website sees its vision as “informing civil society.” PhysOrg even had an article about a professor advising the UK about religious education. The overlap of science and politics is a fact of life since World War II.  In many cases, as with the French Academy or NASA, science can provide benefits and national prestige.  Individual scientists, too, have just as much right to political involvement as any other citizen. What becomes worrisome is when scientists and their institutions become blind to their own biases, or think that their opinions are somehow superior because they are “scientific”—a word that has become loaded with political overtones. 1. Xhise Peng, “China’s Demographic History and Future Challenges,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 581-587, DOI: 10.1126/science.1209396. 2. Ronald Lee, “The Outlook for Population Growth,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 569-573, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208859. 3. Dennis Normile, “The Upside of Downsizing,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, p. 547, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.547. 4. David Malakoff, “Are More People Necessarily a Problem?”, Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 544-546, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.544. 5. Paul Knoepfler, “My year as a stem-cell blogger,” Nature News 475, 425 (2011) | doi:10.1038/475425a. 6. Editorial, “Safe, not secure,” Nature 476 (04 August 2011), page 5,    doi:10.1038/476005b. 7. Sara Reardon, “Climate Change Sparks Battles in Classroom,” Science,  5 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6043 pp. 688-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.688. We would not deny any scientist the right to speak out and vote.  We just think that Nature, Science, and many of the scientific institutions should be more forthcoming about their biases, and allow more balance in their publications. Usually, everything they write is pro-embryonic stem cells, pro-abortion, pro-human caused global warming, pro-evolution, pro-big government, liberal-leftist, globalist and elitist.  The Malakoff article was a rare exception; but even so, it failed to point to the real problem about sustainability: corrupt governments.  When people have freedom and strong moral principles, the world is a bountiful gift from the Creator to faithful stewards. Incidentally, notice how scientists can be blind to key factors in their investigations.  Medical Xpress noted that religious beliefs have a profound effect on worry, with patients having faith in a loving God faring much better than those who see God as punishing or indifferent.  Would natural science have thought of that factor?  The author of a study noted that psychologists rarely ask about their patients’ beliefs.  “That’s crazy.  We don’t even ask.  We aren’t trained to.” Scientific institutions need to stop pretending to be the rational advisors to the world.  They need to open the doors to those outside the one-party-rule castle they have erected, and let the sun shine in.  Sunshine is a good disinfectant.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dodging a bullet here today with our next snow event. Over the weekend, the storm moved to a decidedly northern track across the country, coming from the Dakotas across the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. This northern track means we see very little snow threat today, as the  best snows move through the thumb of Michigan and over SW Ontario. Here, we still expect some snow, perhaps a coating to an inch or so, starting toward midday or afternoon and going through the middle of tomorrow. There may be some slightly better snows overnight tonight in NE Ohio where there can be some lake effect developing, but this system is basically just a glancing blow. The snow is not the headline that has garnered most of the attention over the past number of days. We get significantly colder behind this event for the rest of the week. Temps fall tomorrow, and the we stay below zero from tomorrow night through Wednesday and Thursday, before bouncing back into positive territory on Friday. Many media outlets have been hyping up the “record” nature of this cold. That is a bit of a misnomer and is purely talk to get people’s dander up. Is it going to be cold? Sure!  But it has been much colder than this here before. What some are talking about when mentioning records are the “record daytime maximums”, particularly in NW Ohio. Also, the numbers that have been thrown around the most (multiple maps showing -35 to -50 across the corn belt) are wind chills.  Wind chills are not to be minimized by any stretch of the imagination. But, overnight lows will be significantly warmer than that…and if we can get the winds to break sooner…we automatically see the wind chill numbers become less ominous. Still, bitter cold will be here, and we have not seen cold like this in a good number of years. These are more northern plains and northern MN type temps than Ohio temps. However, we also will point out that we are on the easy side of the cold air…it reaches its zenith back west over IL and IN. Still, be ready. No one should be surprised by this cold air outbreak. Livestock is first to mind with this cold, but also expect delays at grain facilities (potential scale freeze ups) and problems with transportation logistics. Plug those diesels in! The map at right shows potential low temperatures Wednesday morning over Ohio. These are actual air temps…not wind chills. Temps start to moderate Friday, but stay well below freezing. This weekend looks to be when our next round of precipitation shows up. Clouds and some scattered light precipitation tries to pop up on Saturday, but stays in the “wet snow” category. Then on Sunday, we do see temps climb up to levels mild enough for rain. We expect rains from .25”-.75” through Sunday, with coverage at 90%. A final wave bring scattered light showers Monday, perhaps another few hundredths to .2”, but that could feature a mix of rain and snow. Colder air makes a return toward midweek next week. This will be brought on by another strong low moving from the west/southwest. This system brings rain that quickly changes to snow, as the low tracks from Mt Vernon, IL to Toledo. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals right now look to be at least .25”-.75”, but with the track of the low, we could see some moderate to heavy snow track through here, if we get enough moist, mild, south flow in ahead of the low circulation. The extended picture shows at least two more snow events that can be significant. One for the 10th-11th that brings potential for moderate to heavy snow, and then another for the 13th-14th that could be similar. Temps stay below freezing for the entire extended 11-16 day period.last_img read more

Local Landmarks #1: The little Mermaid (Havfruen)—Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGCR5F6by Elmbaek Denmark has a long history of mermaid lore, originating with Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid (published in 1837) which made a big splash with readers everywhere. It inspired this bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, and eventually as a part of our world via Disney’s movie of the same name released in 1989. This statue became an icon along the quaint Langelinie waterfront promenade in the early 1900’s for Denmark, and is now regarded as a must-see destination for travelers worldwide.Mermaids are known for being very elusive and clever creatures, so to grab the cache successfully you need to be elusive and clever as well due to the high volume of traveling muggles. The Lock & Lock is big enough to host a few trackables and some SWAG, and is near the statue, whose fabled popularity can be proven by the sheer amount of smileys represented here. Since its publication in 2005, The Little Mermaid has logged almost 12,000 Found It logs with over 900 Favorite points scaling up to one of the most found caches of all time.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Weeks on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Copenhagen, DenmarkN 55° 41.489′ E 012° 35.937′ SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Discover the creatures of the oceansJuly 3, 2018In “News”Jardin du Tripot — Geocache of the WeekJune 13, 2018In “Community”center_img Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures have been recently spotted around the world. It’s been said they only appear in their respective habitats. Reports are pouring in from Copenhagen, Denmark, when one of the friendliest Hidden Creatures, the mermaid, breached the water’s surface to say hello near a famous landmark in her image. last_img read more

Playing the good sport

first_imgLast month, Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to crack the world top 10. But around the same time last year, he had very seriously considered quitting after an early singles defeat at the Commonwealth Games.”To lose in the second round was heartbreaking, to say the least.,Last month, Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to crack the world top 10. But around the same time last year, he had very seriously considered quitting after an early singles defeat at the Commonwealth Games.”To lose in the second round was heartbreaking, to say the least. It was very tough. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to continue playing,” he says.Still, the 32-year-old decided to have another go at it; it could not end this way. First, there was the introspection and the fortifying of his inner resolve. “For starters, you have to turn it around mentally and believe it’s possible,” says Ghosal. Then came the months of training; brutal, back-to-basics stuff. “The intensity went up by a lot. I had played a certain way for so long. At 31, making [certain] changes is not the easiest thing to do,” he says.Ghosal’s progress will likely boost Indian squash, a sport that’s been gradually growing. “When I started playing juniors, we didn’t have anyone in the top 50,” he says. “The goalposts have obviously changed now.” But squash is not yet an Olympic sport. “I think it’s very disappointing. Especially when you look at what the Olympic ideals mean and what they stand for. Everyone involved feels squash ticks the boxes,” he says.Ghosal admitted that the obscurity of squash players in India used to bother him. “I used to feel that certain athletes in other sports, who haven’t achieved as much as what we have, get more recognition,” he says. But that’s irrelevant now. His next few goals: consolidating his top 10 spot; aiming for top eight and top five. “It’s unusual to make top 10 at 32 but you want to do things that aren’t normal,” he says. “If I can make number 1 at 33 or 34, it will be [historic].”advertisementlast_img read more