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24/7/2014 Malaysia’s 10 players squad with their coaches Rosman Razak , Chin Eei Hui and Rashid Sidek posing a group picture yesterday before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow. The Malaysian team who arrived a week earlier to get use to the time difference in Scotland, are all in high hopes of dominating the whole badminton events even without their superstar and world number 1 player Lee Chong Wei. Malaysia is the defending champions in the mixed team event, men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles which they won in the last edition of the games in New Delhi 2010. For this year squad, most of them are making a debut accept for Chan Peng Soon who will be playing in the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles event. Chong Wei Feng and Liew Darren has some weight on their shoulders to keep the tradition going. Malaysia has been winning the Men’s singles since 1990. ...  

Fitness: Knees In or Out During a Squat? [Video]

Fitness and strength coach Conrad Stalheim moderated a debate on the Breaking Muscle website between those who think having the knees in (valgus) is preferred, and those who believe knees out (varus) is appropriate in a loaded squat. On the varus side, physical therapist and coach Kelly Starrett was present, while the valgus side was supported by Bob Takano, Brendan Murray, Dan Green and a large number of Olympic weightlifters. While there is validity on both sides of the debate, Stalheim points out that the problem may not be whether one should squat with the knees in or out, but rather it is the poor communication between both sides that causes each to be misrepresented. For example, coaches who advocate the valgus movement do not mean that the knee and hip joints are fully internally rotated like someone who just got kicked in the groin. Stalheim wrote that “knees in” does not mean that the toes are pointed out at 45 degrees while the knees buckle in to the point that they are touching. Likewise, the same can be said about knee varus, where the hip joints and knees do not externally rotate all the way out, as in a kung fu horse stance. “Only very limited work have [sic] been done in the field of squatting among subject [s] with patellofemoral  pain,” said Michael S. Rathleff, Ph.D., from the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. “We published a study a few months ago that showed that subjects ...  

Canadian Lynx Platinum wins South Island platinum exploration tender

Taranaki oil and gas explorer Tag Oil, of Canada, is expanding into the New Zealand minerals sector through its 49 percent ownership of a listed Canadian explorer, Coronado Resources, which has been awarded New Zealand five mineral exploration permits to hunt for platinum in the South Island. Coronado subsidiary Lynx Platinum, was the only company awarded metallic minerals exploration licences in the government's New Zealand Platinum Tender 2013. Of the five exploratory permits awarded, three cover 355 square kilometers east of Murchison, part of the Crown-owned conservation estate, with the remaining two covering a 168 sqkm area north of Invercargill. Each permit lasts for five years and allows the company to explore for metallic minerals. Lynx Platinum was the only company granted permits and will have to reapply for a mining permit if it makes any "economic discovery", minister of energy and resources Simon Bridges said in a statement. "Lynx will spend around $3 million over the first three years, and this could rise to $7.5 million within five years if the initial work is successful," Bridges said. "It is encouraging to see a new minerals operator enter the New Zealand market, especially when the international price of metallic mineral commodities is low and investors are understandably selective about where in the world they put their money." New Zealand's mineral sector contributes $1 billion to the economy in gross domestic product, Bridges said. Coronado also w...  

Liverpool 0 Roma 1: Borini transfer worry after shoulder injury in Reds tour ...

Fabio Borini 's proposed £14million transfer to Sunderland was plunged into further doubt after the Liverpool FC striker suffered a shoulder injury in their 1-0 defeat to Roma at Boston's Fenway Park. The Italy international lasted just 12 minutes against his former club before going off for treatment wincing in pain. Borini, who has been stalling over a move to the North East after the clubs agreed a fee, landed heavily on his right shoulder after a strong challenge from Seydou Keita. The 23-year-old, who was sidelined for two and a half months after dislocating his left shoulder against Swansea City in February 2013, is set to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the damage. A largely uneventful contest appeared to be heading for penalties before Roma substitute Marco Borriello grabbed a 90th minute winner. The former Milan striker saw his volley deflect off Jack Robinson to leave Brad Jones beaten. Brendan Rodgers used 19 players with Jordan Henderson getting his first run out of pre-season in front of principal owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner. Most of the club's England contingent were held back having only started their pre-season preparations earlier this week. Philippe Coutinho was once again Liverpool's outstanding performer with the little Brazilian getting a warm ovation from the packed crowd when he was substituted late on. Martin Skrtel captained the Reds with Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates alongside him. Coates, whose last competitiv...  

Don't Be Surprised If Xbox One Finishes Third This Generation

See Full Image Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: I've always believed the Xbox One will eventually win the North American region in the next-gen console war. The Xbox 360's dominance still matters and when you factor in Microsoft's relentless marketing, I think it's inevitable. However, the way it's looking right now, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if the Xbox One finished third behind the PlayStation 4 and Wii U. Now, that may seem ludicrous given pitiful Wii U sales registered in 2013, but Nintendo has been surging as of late, and let's not forget that the Wii U is getting much bigger in Japan. Not coincidentally, that's the same country where you can't even give away an Xbox console. Europe is PlayStation territory; it has been for years and that shows no signs of changing. If the Wii U continues to stage its comeback in the US (and some newly announced titles might make that happen), and the PS4 at least manages to remain competitive in this region throughout the generation, I think the Xbox One will finish last. It will get crushed in all other regions, especially Europe and Japan, where both the PS4 and Wii U might prove to be much more popular. So, even if Xbox One does end up owning North America, it won't be by much, and it won't be enough to outstrip either Sony or Nintendo on a global scale. And if the PS4 ends up holding sway in North America, and the Wii U really does end up flourishing in the US and Japan, the Xbox One will ...  

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares supported by upbeat China factory survey

* Asian shares get a lift as China PMI beats forecasts * Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high* Emerging markets buoyed as investors seek yield* NZ dollar skids as RBNZ signals pause after latest rate riseBy Wayne ColeSYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) - Asian stock markets edged broadly higher on Thursday and the Australian dollar jumped after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for recovery in the world's second-biggest economy.The HSBC flash PMI came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. There was also good news on the outlook, with a sub-index of new orders reaching 53.7.The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent.Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.South Korea's benchmark index also rose 0.3 percent despite data showing the country's economy growing at the slowest pace in more than a year. Seoul later announced a package of stimulus measures, including more government spending.Traders noted that, despite all the geopolitical risk, money was clearly flowing back into emerging markets in search for yield. MSCI's index of emerging equities had jumped in the past two sessions to reach its highest since January 2013."Emerging markets continue to be main benefactor fr...  

Court Ruling 0n Health Care Subsidies Risks Loss of Coverage

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Americans secure upset at World Series of Beach Volleyball

They survived the stress of a one-and-done qualifier to make pool play for the main draw -- and promptly pulled off an upset in the Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach.Americans Todd Rogers and Theodore Brunner defeated Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira in three sets Wednesday during men’s pool play.No matter how you shake the rankings, they say Rogers and Brunner shouldn’t have won.They’re ranked No. 44 by FIVB this season. Herrera and Gavira are third. The U.S. pair were seeded No. 25 in the qualification bracket. Herrera and Gavira were eighth in the main draw. And Herrera has a silver medal from the Athens Olympics on his resume.But one set of numbers says the Americans did win: 2-1. Rogers and Brunner won the first set, 21-17, and the third, 15-13.The men have two rounds of pool play Thursday before the elimination matches.On the women’s side, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross set themselves up to advance out of pool play.Jennings and Ross won both of their matches Wednesday. In their second match, the pair found themselves in a 9-5 hole to start the first game but turned things around for a 21-17, 21-16 win.“Sometimes we get frustrated when we’re not scoring points, and that’s what happened in that first part of Game 1,” Ross said. “And in my mind, I was like, ‘OK, we’re going to score points if we just hang in there and try and steady out our side out. Weȁ...  

SR1bn Eid boost: SAMA injects new currencies

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) has pumped new Saudi Riyal currencies worth SR1 billion to meet growing demand on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, when the Saudi central bank usually issues new currencies in different denominations.“The newly issued currencies are currently available at SAMA’s branch offices across the country,” said an official at the agency. He said the new currencies are issued based on the Kingdom’s assets and services. “A drop in the purchasing power of currency leads to monetary inflation and SAMA has taken this point into consideration,” he said.Most countries in the world print their currencies in foreign countries through specialized companies, such as Banknote of Canada, De La Rue of UK, Giesecke & Devrient of Germany and Crane of Sweden. About 50 percent of 171 countries print part of their currencies abroad. Giesecke & Devrient, for example, prints the notes of 60 countries, while Banknotes prints those of 20 countries. SAMA reports said there was little fall in liquidity due to a 4.8-percent decline in deposits in May, when it reached SR196.7 billion, compared with SR206.8 billion the previous month. However, the Kingdom’s monetary base rose from SR335 billion to SR341 billion during the same period. Monetary exchange outside banks rose by 2.07 percent in May from April 2014, increasing from SR149 billion to SR152.1 billion, a 10-percent increase compared with the same period in 2013....  

Jeff Jardine: Turlock man heading back Malaysia for Toastmasters world tourney

The last time Colin McKechnie went to add Malaysia, it ultimately cost him “a kidney and some other parts,” he said.Serving in the British military’s elite Special Air Service, he’d picked up some kind of ailment while on a mission in Borneo in the late 1960s. Soon thereafter, he found himself in excruciating pain and needing surgery that resulted in the removal of the aforementioned body components.The 68-year-old Turlock resident returns to Malaysia next month with an entirely different kind of mission in mind: to win the world Toastmasters public-speaking championship in Kuala Lumpur. He’ll stay in posh hotels, not the venomous critter-filled jungles he remembers all too vividly from so long ago. In fact, his bigger worries are the stresses of competing and trying to win over judges who are more familiar with veteran competitors than with first-time world tourney participants like himself.McKechnie is a native of Scotland who said he was an unlikely candidate to ever challenge for a world public-speaking title. Only 15 years old in 1963, he used his brother’s birth certificate to join Britain’s Royal Air Force. Within two years, he’d moved into the Special Air Service. Among the unit’s duties: dealing with terrorists – “We were involved in seven major operations in nine years and we never lost a single team member,” he said – and training with the American Green Berets, Delta Force and other elite military u...  


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