Kolkata: Buoyed by their gallant goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar, India would be looking to register their first win in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they take on Bangladesh in a group E second round match at the Saltlake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. India put a gritty performance against an attacking Qatar, to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goalless draw and earn their first point of the qualifiers after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the opening match against Oman. With the city set to host the senior national men’s team after a gap of nine years, the euphoria around the match has been immense with a mad rush for tickets as the Saltlake Stadium is set to witness a packed house, giving the Igor Stimac-coached side a perfect stage to grab three points and keep their World Cup hopes alive. The absence of defender, Sandesh Jhingan due to an ACL tear on his left knee is a big blow to the hosts. But the return of talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri after missing the last game will lift the team’s spirit. In his last appearance, Chhetri scored his 72nd international goal, the second most among active players, as India put up a dominating first-half display only to go down 1-2 after conceding late goals in their World Cup qualifier against Oman in Guwahati. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu took the charge in Chhetri’s absence and thwarted a barrage of attacks from Qatar, making 11 saves in a heroic display to snatch a point from the 2022 World Cup hosts. While defence, tactical formation and discipline were the highlights of their match against Qatar, the focus against Bangladesh, who are ranked 83 places below India, would be on the strikers. Chhetri will remain the go-to man in the attacking zone, but the onus will also be on the likes of Balwant Singh and Manvir Singh to make an impact, something former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has highlighted. “It’s only Sunil who’s able to score. If he’s not playing or does not score it becomes very, very difficult. We need to improve our forward lineup. In this Bangladesh game, it’s going to be a big test for the strikers. It’s not the defence but the forward line will have to deliver,” Bhutia said. Chhetri will also have the support of his Bengaluru FC teammates Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan, while Mandar Rao Desai and Sahal Abdul Samad will be key in creating chances. As for the back line, Stimac will be forced to rejig his central-defence with Anas Edathodika likely to pair up with Adil Khan in front of Sandhu. Jhingan’s injury gives Anas with a perfect opportunity to prove himself again, especially after returning from retirement. India failed to keep up the intensity in the final minutes because of fitness concerns against Oman but Stimac addressed the issue against Qatar. And it will be interesting to see how the Blue Tigers cope up with the challenge against Bangladesh, who have eight under-23 players in their squad.Bangladesh head to the match after two consecutive defeats. They lost narrowly to Afghanistan and in their last match before going down 0-2 to Qatar. But the Jamie Day-coached side has put up a strong fight and created many chances in the two games. The Englishman may have conceded that India are firm favourites but Bangladesh will certainly look to make an impact with their forward duo of Nabib Newaz Ziban and Saad Uddin.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri Joins Virat Kohli, Becomes A Vegan To Become FitterOn paper, India enjoy a commanding 15-2 head-to-head record in 28 meetings but Bangladesh have managed to stay unbeaten in their last two fixtures (1-1 in SAFF Championships, 2013 and 2-2 in an International friendly, 2014). Kick-off: 7.30 pm. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Even during their years at Errigal College in Letterkenny it was clear that twins Nala and Naledi Shologu were no ordinary students.Naledi and Nala Shologu (left to right) at a recent NUI-Galway graduation ceremony during which they were awarded their Master’s degrees in Biomedical Science. Both young women are currently PhD candidates at the school.The girls, who moved to Ireland from South Africa as 9-year-olds, had enrolled in the school after enjoying a visit to it with other members of their primary school class at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál.By Julie Costello While at Errigal College both Nala and Naledi developed a love of science and an interest in studying the subject at university. Learning that to do this they’d need to sit their Leaving Cert in two science subjects – but that the school offered only one, Biology – they were undaunted.“We told the school what we wanted to do,” explained Naledi, “and they brought in Chemistry especially for us and provided a teacher to teach it to us. There were only five of us in the class that year.”“After that Chemistry was kept on, so a lot of students have taken it,” Nala seamlessly continued. “At the time there were only two of us asking for the course but the school added it anyway, which I think pushed us forward to loving science. At any other school they’d say, ‘There’s only two of you’, and they wouldn’t care. But at Errigal College they do care.”This Autumn Errigal College’s support for Nala and Naledi came to fruition at NUI-Galway, where both received their Master’s degrees in Biomedical Science and are currently working on cutting-edge medical research projects for their PhDs. The twins, who are now 23, completed their undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science at Sligo IT in 2012.They spoke about their academic accomplishments during a recent visit from Galway to the family home in Old Town, where they sat side by side on a sitting room sofa, similar in their confidence and poise yet distinctive in their interests and perspectives.Nala’s research for her PhD in Medicine involves investigating ways in which human stem cells can be used for the treatment of acute lung injuries and diseases. “From secondary school I always loved science and thought I’d want to do medicine,” she said. “I never really wanted to work with patients, though, so this is perfect for me because I’m quite happy in the lab. I wasn’t quite sure what being a medical scientist would involve, but becoming one I realise it was actually the best choice.”Naledi’s research for her PhD in Biomedical Engineering is focussed on creating a three-dimensional model of a cancer cell which can be used in the testing of anti-cancer drugs. “It was either science or art for me,” she said. “I really liked my art classes, and for the CAO I chose art or science. Art is still a hobby; I love both of them. Science is actually similar to art…you have the freedom of doing anything, designing something from very little or nothing and modifying it as you go along. Creativity applies in both.”The twins’ life in Ireland began in 2001 when they arrived here with their widowed mum, Nolunga, and two sisters. The family spent eight months in a Kerry accommodation centre before being granted asylum and moving to Letterkenny. “Only God did this, I won’t take any credit!” Nolunga said of the twins’ accomplishments, which their younger sister, Ziyanda, a fourth-year student in Biomedical Science at Sligo IT who also attended Errigal College, appears to be on track to duplicate. “I was always praying for them to do the right things and very much encouraging and supporting them in everything.”In the years since arriving in Letterkenny Nolunga has herself had a number of outstanding accomplishments, including earning an Honours degree in Community Development at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and serving as Intercultural Community Development Officer at Letterkenny Community Development Project.“I love Letterkenny because it’s a really nice town that I feel very comfortable in,” she said.While she is not scientifically-inclined herself, Nolunga said, her husband, Richard, who died in 1994 when the twins were just three years old, “was very brilliant in mathematics. I’m always telling them their father’s spirit is watching them and he is very proud of them.” Also very proud of Nala and Naledi is Charlie Cannon, Acting Principal of Errigal College. The school, which operates under the patronage of Donegal ETB, is currently celebrating its one hundredth anniversary and plans to include the twins’ story in a commemorative book marking the occasion.“I’d like to congratulate them on their achievement and their continued studies,” Mr. Cannon said. “They’re one of our success stories. We knew from the word go that these students were committed and dedicated, which shows clearly in their progress. They faced challenges…it wasn’t easy for them due to the fact that they were moving to a new culture.“Anything they’ve achieved they’ve worked very hard for, but no challenge has been too big. And the support their mum has given them has been tremendous.”THE SOUTH AFRICAN TWINS WHO FOUND A CALLING FOR SCIENCE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie Cannondonegalerrigal collegeletterkennyScience
A late-month measure of consumer confidence shows sentiment rebounded to a near post-recession high in April, though questions remain as to whether or not that optimism will hold out.The latest Index of Consumer Sentiment, released jointly by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, came to a final reading of 84.1 for April, resting one index point below its post-recession peak recorded last July. The improvement reflects a moderate jump from a preliminary reading of 82.6 reported earlier in the month.According to UMich’s Surveys of Consumers group, the pickup was due to a more positive assessment of consumers’ current financial situation as well as “renewed optimism about the outlook for the national economy during the year ahead.”However, Surveys of Consumers’ chief economist, Richard Curtin, expressed some doubt about future index movements: “The most important issue is whether consumers will show greater resistance to the backslides that have repeatedly occurred in the past few years.“Resilience among consumers is dependent on positive long term economic expectations. While near term expectations have improved substantially, longer term expectations for personal finances as well as the overall economy have remained unchanged from a year ago,” he continued.The two component indexes contributing to the headline number both improved significantly in April: The index gauging current conditions for consumers moved up to 98.7, a monthly increase of 3.1 percent, while the index of consumer expectations climbed 6.7 percent to 74.7.Overall, Surveys of Consumers found Americans were slightly more optimistic about future labor market conditions, though only minor improvements are expected as far as unemployment goes.Meanwhile, the group says, “[t]he main attraction of home buying conditions has shifted in the past few months toward a greater reliance on low mortgage rates and less emphasis on low prices. This has made the continued expansion of home purchases more responsive to changes in the availability of mortgage credit to potential home buyers.”Surveys of Consumers’ sentiment index precedes the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, scheduled for release Tuesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect that measure to improve to a reading of 83. Conference Board Consumer Confidence Jobs Surveys of Consumers 2014-04-28 Tory Barringer April 28, 2014 459 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News