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CRMA facilitated over 1000 jobs for youths in 2017

first_img– 700 registered in 2018The Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency, under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Protection, registered some 2000 job-seekers drawn from Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Ten for 2017. One thousand of those registered were provided jobs.Most persons seeking jobs are between ages 15 and 35, Chief Recruitment and Manpower Officer Valarie Moore told the Department of Public Information (DPI). She said that for 2018 (January to March), some 700 persons registered for jobs, about 200 of which were placed in jobs.Moore explained that for January alone, the agency saw a total of 95 persons, while in February some 169 persons registered. These numbers, she said, do not include those that are already in the system awaiting job placement.“We have a term we call submission, which means sending someone to take part in interviews. And so sometimes that number will be more than the registration that we have, but we normally look at those persons in the system already,” Moore added.For those persons with two and three subjects at Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) and little or no skills, Moore said the call centres usually take off those persons.Moore noted that they advise persons on where they can go to improve their qualifications and get assistance. They also share with job-seekers what are some of the benefits of obtaining a skill and/or academic qualifications.The agency also collaborates with the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), which provides training for unqualified individuals through the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and the Guyana School of Agriculture.However, she said that sometimes some of the youths do not need jobs, but need advice, or in some cases public assistance. Those persons are referred to the Woman of Worth (WOW) and the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) programmes under the Ministry of Social Protection.The Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency is a division of the Social Protection Ministry. It registers applicants for employment, taking specific note of their occupational qualifications, experiences, and desires. It evaluates, if necessary, their physical and vocational abilities. Its objective is to place individuals seeking jobs in suitable employment, while providing career guidance and counselling. The Agency was established by the Government of Guyana in October 1944.last_img read more

Big Science Goes Total Left in Opposing Trump

first_imgHave they no shame? Science is not supposed to take political positions. What they’re doing this week undermines their credibility as unbiased seekers of the truth.Everyone knows the country is deeply divided politically, but there are certain groups who should keep out of politics on company time. If a scientist wants to express his or her views privately, that’s legit as it is for any citizen. But pretending that ‘science’ per se (as represented through scientific institutions and journals) only has one view of the new president is out of bounds. Maybe Big Media is refusing to report on scientists who support the new administration, but all you read in the major media is that ‘scientists’ not only dislike President Trump; they vow to fight him. Here are some samples:dScientists join massive protest against Trump (Nature). What could be clearer? “Scientists,” an imprecise group if there ever was one, are “against Trump.” Conversely, as the article implies, Trump is against science — and against “diversity” and “equality,” too. Sara Reardon reports, “Researchers at Women’s March in Washington DC defend their work as US president takes office.” Conservative scientists or researchers need not apply, because they don’t even exist in this broad-brush generalization. Nature also posted tweets from “Scientists on their hopes and fears for Trump administration” — only negative tweets, of course. Example from an anonymous Mr. E: “As teacher of well-founded Theory of Evolution, I worry about science under #BetsyDeVos & her science denying ilk. ”Climate scientists brace themselves for a Trump-led witch-hunt (New Scientist). “Witch-hunt?” Them’s fightin’ words. And the leftist pseudo-science rag New Scientist is fightin’ with ’em. Scientists, that is. Global warmists. Panicked piglets at the government teat.THE Climate forecast for the next four years is bleak. Donald Trump notoriously tweeted in 2012 that global warming was a hoax created by China to damage US manufacturing. As president-elect, he has chosen a climate change denialist to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and his pick for the helm of the energy department (DOE) is Rick Perry, who once suggested dismantling it.Question: if the DOE were dismantled, would it warm the planet or change anything? The DOE didn’t even exist until the summer of 1977. Take a moment to watch Bjorn Lomborg allay the fears and non-reason of these fearmongers (Prager University). The over-the-top propaganda words in the NS article are unworthy of science. If you thought for a moment that NS is a “news” site, pay attention to the bottom of the article, where they tell climate scientists where they can get legal counsel. The BBC is in on the campaign across the pond, too, promoting the march on Washington and the rogue Twitter accounts – no mention of the friendly meeting yesterday between President Trump and their own Prime Minister, Theresa May.Scientists Plan Washington March in Response to Trump (Live Science). Laura Geggel reports only scientists in favor of protesting Trump and his policies, giving the impression that ‘scientists’ represent a monolithic political bloc. Her bias mirrors that of the mainstream media, who gave 129 times more coverage of the anti-Trump women’s march on Washington compared to the March for Life (source: Newsbusters). A website was made to advertise the event, scientistsmarchonwashington.com.‘Rogue’ Science Agency Twitter Accounts Mock Trump-Ordered Restrictions (Space.com). Like Geggel, reporter Tariq Malik presents only anti-Trump positions of selected people pretending to speak for science. These people have set up unofficial Twitter accounts emblazoned with the logos of federal agencies such as the National Park Service, NOAA and NASA, to blast the new administration and its policies. Then Malik hands the baton back to Geggel with a link to her anti-Trump article about the march on Washington. Incidentally, Mindy Waisgerber presents the same bias in her Live Science article about the rogue Twitter accounts.3 Things You Need to Know About the Science Rebellion Against Trump (National Geographic). Et tu, NG? This blatantly partisan article by Paul Nicklen slanders Trump about orders “silencing” certain department heads without giving any response from the administration’s side. Nicklen makes it seem like Trump is acting out of personal peeve instead of studied position. The “heroes” of Trump’s “muzzling” of these departments (which do, after all, report to him), are scientists fighting his alleged “attacks” on science, and those supporting the march on Washington. One wishes in vain for a response by Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence or Reince Priebus in the name of fairness, but Nicklen’s advocacy piece is nothing short of a battle cry, shouting ‘bravo‘ to the anti-Trump forces. And he calls it “three things you need to know.”Doomsday Clock Ticks Half-Minute Closer to Midnight in Historic Move (Live Science). It should be patently obvious to any thinking person that this “Doomsday Clock” scientists keep promoting has nothing to do with science, since nobody can foresee the future. It’s only a visualization gimmick to further certain political objectives. By reporting this charade, Mindy Waisberger joins with the self-appointed prophets to engage in fear-mongering about Trump’s election and his apparent denial of the science of man-caused global warming.What is fascism? (Live Science). Fascism belongs in the history and political science departments, not “live science.” In this not-so-subtle salvo against the Trump administration, Jessie Szalay pretends to offer a balanced presentation of the political history and nature of fascism, citing history experts. The opening photo shows Mussolini and Hitler. The timing of this article, however, is highly suspect, coming right after Democrats have accused Trump of fascism and ‘Hitlerian’ statements. That could be OK, shedding light on history, if Szalay also included some balance to defend Trump against the slander, but Szalay misrepresents conservatism as a stepping stone to fascism. Any mention of the anti-Trump protestors sporting blatantly communist slogans and resorting to violence? Crickets.Women’s access to birth control and abortion fading under Trump (New Scientist). Shouldn’t it be good news that abortion is becoming “safe, legal and rare” for liberals who once advocated those descriptive words? What could science possibly have to do with abortion? For all practical purposes, scientists would have to agree that a human life begins at conception, when a full complement of unique human genes began the developmental program toward birth. Why does NS writer Clare Wilson begin her anti-life rant with a photo of protestors with signs, “Stand with Planned Parenthood,” when that abortion provider was founded by a notorious eugenicist and racist?Those are just a few recent articles showing the lopsided political bias of Big Science. We’re not even caught up yet on the latest news. Trump hasn’t even done much concerning science after one week in office other than sign some executive orders, and the Senate has dragged on confirmation of his Cabinet appointees. Wouldn’t it be more scientific to actually watch for some data to come in, rather than to shout that the sky is falling? Who knows; liberals might even like some of Trump’s policies a year from now.It bears repeating: there are many great individual scientists who do quality work in their specialties, regardless of their political feelings. But their institutions — Big Science and its lapdog, Big Media –have gone so radically far left that they cannot be taken seriously when they engage in blatant, overt, shameless political advocacy. Treat them like you would Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton. (Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gogo takes her friends on holidays

first_imgMembers of Gogo on Tour at the Kruger National Park. (Image: Khensani Matjokane)What started out as heartbreak and loss ended up bringing a dream to life that has gone on to benefit gogos – grandmothers – by helping them to do things they were not able to achieve in their younger years.Thoko Matjokane, the chairperson and founder of the non-profit organisation Gogo on Tour, lost her brother and sister before their planned vacation. But she had a dream in which her late brother advised her to carry on their plans.Matjokane took the trip to Durban and when she came back she devised a programme for senior citizens to actively experience the country for which they had sacrificed so much. She rallied six of her friends and they used their pensions to start the initiative.Gogo on Tour, established in 2012, has grown in leaps and bounds in its three years of existence. Already it has over 60 000 active members. There are no registration fees to join or travel costs to enjoy the trips.ENJOYING THEIR GOLDEN YEARSKhensani Matjokane, Matjokane’s daughter and the managing director of Gogo on Tour, explains: “I believe we need to take care of the elderly and let them experience simple things that are fulfilling that they never got to experience because of all their sacrifices for their families.“With the rise of HIV/Aids in our communities, children are orphaned and gogos must step in and assume the role of parent once again. They become the breadwinners on the grants they receive, and therefore their golden years become a myth or wishful thinking.”Khensani still does not know how they get to make things happen, but they are never without. “I’m glad I have a strong support system to make this initiative work,” she says. “My friends know I will call them and ask if they could just give me R2 000 so I can get a bus for a trip and they oblige.”The initiative requires funding to succeed, she adds. The money is used for travel insurance, transport, accommodation, on-tour health care, food and entertainment. They are also used for the daily running of the organisation’s office and website.Khensani’s face brightens when she speaks of how the fulfilment of seeing an old woman smiling from ear to ear while sitting in a Jacuzzi, and a pensioner’s amazement after her first massage. “Those reactions are the ones that will always make me feel good about doing this. Having them discover something nice in their golden years is so fulfilling to the soul.”The “one foot in the grave” mentality needs to be eradicated from the minds of senior citizens, she adds, and giving them an enjoyable holiday goes a long way in doing this.In 2013, the Department of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding with Gogo on Tour. This along with an endorsement letter issued to the group includes a work plan that details the relationship between the two parties.What she loves about Gogo on Tour is that it is all inclusive, Khensani says. “I received a call from a lady in Kyalami asking if she could join the group and I was gobsmacked because I [wondered] why she would want to join this initiative. Then I realised that it was about being around your peers. And because she has had the opportunity to travel she could add to educating the other gogos about its pleasures.”AVID COMMUNITY MEMBERThe elder Matjokane has long been a community leader in her hometown of Soshanguve, in Gauteng. She is a former executive member of the South African National Civic Organisation; and she has sat on the board of trustees for the corporate social investment division of South African Breweries, facilitating the first Kick Start programme that helped young black business owners in the small, medium and micro enterprises sector find funding and mentoring.In addition, when the price of bread began rising, Matjokane founded a community bakery that sold fresh bread at a reasonable cost and provided bread for impoverished families. In 1995, she was elected to sit on the first black city council of Pretoria, known as the Northern Metropolitan Sub-structure, where she served her community until she retired in 2000.last_img read more

South Africa announces 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

first_imgIn naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country’s hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.The South African Rugby Union announces the 31-member team that will represent the country in the Rugby World Cup, on 28 August 2015. The championship takes place in England from 18 September to 31 October. (Image: The Yellow Cap)Jean de Villiers would captain the South African rugby team, the Springboks, at the Rugby World Cup in England starting on 18 September, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced on 28 August.Victor Matfield was named as vice-captain, and Schalk Burger would provide captaincy back-up for the 31-man squad.“We’re going to England with the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and we would really like to make our country proud, but we’re under no illusions about how tough it will be,” said coach Heyneke Meyer.It will be the first Rugby World Cup for 16 of the players, while six players who took part in 2011 were selected to represent South Africa again. The average age of the selected players is a little over 26 and their combined number of caps is 1 297.The squadWillem AlbertsSchalk BritsSchalk BurgerDamian de AllendeLood de JagerJean de Villiers (captain)Bismarck du PlessisJannie du PlessisFourie du PreezPieter-Steph du ToitEben EtzebethBryan HabanaZane KirchnerSiya KolisiJesse KrielPatrick LambieWillie le RouxFrancois LouwFrans MalherbeVictor Matfield (vice-captain)Tendai MtawariraLwazi MvovoTrevor NyakaneCoenie OosthuizenRudy PaigeRuan PienaarJP PietersenHandre PollardMorne SteynAdriaan StraussDuane VermeulenDifficult selectionMeyer said it was very tough to select the final squad from the wider training group that had been together for the last two months.“Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I’ve faced in my coaching career,” he said. “In the end, the selectors decided the 31 players named were the best we have at the moment but that is not to say any of the others won’t have a role to play, with injuries a reality in our game.”In the selection, consideration was also given to utility players – those who could move between positions.“I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years,” said Meyer. “We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable.”Gratitude and supportA few players took to social media to show their pride.“Honoured and privileged to be selected to represent my country at #RWC2015,” tweeted Pietersen. “So grateful and thankful.”Steyn echoed his sentiments: “Such an honour to be part of this again! #WorldCup2015 #SA.”Take to the field on the backs of the Boks. Fuel our #HomeGroundAdvantage here: http://t.co/pqvFsQcdKE #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/oQIaxtPpWU— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 5, 2015The World CupThe Springboks’ first game will be against Japan on 19 September in Brighton. Their second pool game is on 26 September against Samoa in Birmingham.The team plays Scotland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 3 October before the final pool fixture against the USA in London on 7 October.In the previous World Cup, in 2011, the Springboks reached the quarter-finals. But along with New Zealand and Australia, the Boks have won the most World Cup trophies at two each. New Zealand won in 1987 and 2007; Australia won in 1991 and 1999; and South Africa won in 1995 and 2007.In other records, the least points conceded in a tournament were 35 by South Africa in 2011, while Habana ties with New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu in scoring the most tries in one competition. Lomu scored eight tries in 1999, and Habana made his record eight in 2007.Source: South African Rugby UnionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Plenty to do at the ‘16 Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Farm Science Review is gearing up for another year of agricultural action during its annual three-day exposition being held Sept. 20 through 22.“Each year, farmers come here to see the latest and greatest in technologies and this year, we’re going to have more of the same,” said Matt Sullivan, superintendent of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.FSR is known for its acres of side-by-side field demonstrations and Sullivan noted some exciting pieces of technology being unveiled with regard to corn harvest.“When the guys hop on the shuttle to go over to the field demonstrations, they’re going to see some really new harvest technology. They’re going to be able to see combines harvesting at an angle. You may say, ‘why in the world would they want to do that.’ You know if you’re looking at 30-inch rows, 20-inch rows, twin rows of corn, you may not have to buy a second head for that. You can just use one,” he said. “So we’re going to have two different combines this year being able to look at that type of technology.”Combine head manufacturers Geringhoff and Capello are bringing their innovative products for visitors to see in the corn harvest specifically suited for cross-row reaping. Sullivan said that the headers bring some unique capabilities to the farmer’s toolbox.“You know as a farmer myself, I get pretty jazzed up by having options in my toolbox. We have different types of wrenches, different types of GPS, and it gives us an opportunity to some different things,” he said. “Maybe we’ve got some point rows we need to go at a certain angle or something we need to do to make sure that we capture all those ears. That’s the way to look at it is it’s another option for harvest technology where it provides an opportunity to make a difference in what we’re doing.”The Farm Science Review wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Gwynne Conservation Area, just down the road from the field demos. The widespread destruction from the Emerald Ash Borer has brought quite the need for proper tree felling education.“As you’re leaving field demos, you’re going to catch the same shuttle back and you’re going to go right by the Gwynne Conservation area. The Emerald Ash Borer has been pretty mean to us over the past few years and we’ve got a lot of dead trees in our woods and in our yards,” he said. “We’re having a chainsaw safety and maintenance demo — how to fell a tree properly. That’s going to be one of the biggest highlights at the Gwynne this year so that’s going to be going on all three days,” Sullivan said. “And also, there’s a lot of educational opportunities. What kind of trees do you have on your lot? What are you doing with your conservation areas, the areas that maybe you have in CRP? There’s going to be a lot of programming on that as well.”Back at the main exhibition area, visitors will be experiencing the result of increases in exhibitor numbers and permanent structures.“This year, we’re going to have the most vendors we’ve ever had at the Farm Science Review, and that’s one of the coolest things. We’re going to have over 20 new vendors and we’re going to be up to about 637 vendors this year. Thanks to Morton Buildings, they donated their building that’s been here for 18 years where we’re going to put 40 booths. Lots of small industry booths, 10-foot by 10-foot booths, 20-foot by 10-foot booths — we’re going to have those there. You don’t want to miss that at Kottman and Land Avenue,” he said. “And then we’re also having three new buildings on site — Morton of course, since they donated their old one to us. Asgrow Dekalb, so if there’s anybody out there using that type of seed, you’ll want to stop by and see their building. And we have a food vendor, this is going to be our third food vendor that has a building and that’s Teen Challenge, they have really good food, you’re going to want to make sure you stop and see them.”With changes across the board this year, Sullivan said the Review is cementing its place in the top end of the country’s farm shows.“We consider ourselves on of the top five farm shows in the nation. And when you look at our facilities and what we can offer — the 2,100 acres of the Molly Caren Ag Center — I would challenge anybody in the farm show industry, maybe North America, maybe even the world — and I’m being serious about this — as being the best. And we all have unique aspects to our shows but when you look at field demos and conservation areas and the quality and the maturity of our exhibit area, we’re second to none,” Sullivan said. “Take that few minutes, stop the combine if you’re going to be running, and just come see us for at least an afternoon,” Sullivan said. “You won’t regret it.”The Review runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 22.Admission to the Review is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and free for children 5 and younger. Attendees can also browse among more than 600 exhibitors displaying more than 4,000 product lines.Free wagon shuttles from the west end of the Review’s main grounds take visitors to presentations at the nearby Gwynne Conservation Area and field demonstrations of harvesting and other equipment.Organizers expect total attendance to top 110,000. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Details are at fsr.osu.edu.last_img read more

What I Want to Tell Young People

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There will be people more talented than you are. There will be many people who are brighter than you are. There will be people who were born with tremendous advantages that you can’t even imagine. But whether any of them can out-hustle you is totally up to you. If you hustle, you will find that almost no one willing to outwork you.Never be afraid to ask for what you want. Especially if you can create value.Do the highest quality work possible. If it takes more time, make the investment. If you need to start over, do so. Your work is a reflection of you as a person, and some part of you that you don’t yet recognize may be your legacy.You will find joy in your work. You may not be able to find joy in a particular job. But your work isn’t the same thing as your job. You need to pursue your work, even if you have to hold down a job while you do so. if that confuses you, just wait. It will be very important to you later.Never, ever, ever stop growing. In a world where so many people believe their are limits or wait for permission, know that there are no boundaries to what you can be, what you can do, what you can have, and what you can contribute. Any limit you perceive is an illness that you need to rid yourself of immediately.Don’t worry about being hurt when it comes to love. You will get hurt. The very act of loving deeply makes you vulnerable, but it’s totally worth it.Money is an amplifier. If you are a horrible person, money will make you more horrible. If you are person who is afraid of losing something, money will make you more afraid. If you are a person who sees money as a vehicle for freedom and security, then money will provide that for you. If you are a person who sees money as way to do good for others in need, it will amplify your ability to do that.The most important things in life are your relationships. But relationships are expensive. They take a major investment of time and energy. But those investments are the most important investments you can make. When you look back from way down the road you have traveled, your relationships are how you are going to measure your life.Practice being compassionate. People walk their own paths, and they are operating from a different set of beliefs and experiences, ones that you don’t know or understand. You don’t know what pain they carry or how they acquired their scars, the visible ones and the ones you cannot see. Compassion is strength.Be creative. Exercise that set of attributes and skills. The world you are entering now is going to need people with the ability to think and be creative more than almost anything else. The only thing that will be needed more will be strong, moral leaders, something that from time to time has been in short supply. This is one of those times.When things seem dark, when it seems like you can’t figure things out, when you feel like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong or is in the process of doing so, wake up really early, go outside and sit facing East. Repeat this as many times as is necessary.last_img read more

No sign of any let-up in lawyers’ strike

first_imgThere was no let-up in the lawyers’ strike in Odisha even as the Police Commissionerate here on Thursday took action against four policemen, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer on Tuesday.Demanding arrests of the erring policemen, the agitating lawyers have decided to continue boycotting of courts indefinitely. “The situation will be reviewed on Monday,” said the High Court Bar.The day also witnessed picketing of lawyers at places in the vicinity of the High Court while lawyers across the State abstained from court works in response to a call given by the Bar Council.last_img read more

14 years on, some soul-searching questions for Rane

first_imgFrom whether joining Congress was a mistake to his disinterest in Delhi as Rajya Sabha MP, and from slamming the Shiv Sena leadership to candid confessions, the release of former chief minister Narayan Rane’s autobiography turned into a look at his political career with the political bigwigs present on Friday hinting that it would have been better had he not joined Congress, 14 years ago. It began with Mr. Rane’s long-time friend and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recollecting the former’s decision to quit the Sena and join Congress. “I knew it was a mistake. I even told you so. As a friend I even tried to pursuade you to not join the Congress. Had you not joined the Congress, the history of this State would have been different,” said Mr. Gadkari while releasing the autobiography titled No Holds Barred. NCP chief Sharad Pawar released the Marathi version titled Zanzavat.Mr. Rane had a brief stint as chief minister in 1999 after the first BJP-Sena coalition government assumed office in 1995. In 2005 Mr. Rane quit Sena following his differences with the then executive president Uddhav Thackeray. He then joined the Congress and was reportedly promised a chief ministership which never happened. In 2017 he quit Congress to float Maharashtra Swabhiman Party and was made Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP quota in 2018. His jump to the BJP is blamed at the possibility of probe by Enforcement Directorate (ED). Mr. Pawar, asked in jest whether it was a mistake to quit Sena and join Congress. “Now let him decide whether it was a mistake or grave mistake,” he said. Reminding him of the promises made to him by Congress, Mr Pawar said, “We have spent our lives there. One should only remember the promise. No one knows whether it will be fulfilled or not,” he said, taunting Congress. Mr. Rane, however did not respond to points raised about him joining the Congress, but recalled his memories of Sena founder late Bal Thackeray and slammed Uddhav Thackeray saying he received everything on a platter. “I received everything without demanding. But one thing is sure, I did not become the MP by my choice. I knew that my time was being wasted at a time when I wanted to do much in the State,” he said.last_img read more

Asian Games: Rowers scoop two silver as India pick up three medals

first_imgThe rowers provided an unexpected boost to India’s medal hunt in the 16th Asian Games with two silver medals but poor form continued to haunt the fancied shooters with Gagang Narang flopping yet again on the sixth day of competitions in Guangzhou on Thursday. MEDAL TALLYApart from the silver-winning feat of the rowers, shooter Vijay Kumar bagged a bronze medal and Paramjeet Samota assured himself of at least a bronze after punching his way into the semifinals of super heavyweight on yet another mediocre day for India’s large contingent.With the addition of two silvers and a bronze, India took their medals tally to one gold, seven silver and eight bronze but the failure to win the coveted gold has resulted in a continuous slide in the position on the table in the last few days.Tennis star Sania Mirza had a trouble-free day as she sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles with a straight-set demolition of Hong Kong’s Chan Wing Yau Venise while the racqueters got off to a good start with both men’s and women’s team progressing to the quarterfinals of the squash singles event.On the gloomier side, the Indian challenge in table tennis ended with Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bowing out in the pre quarterfinals of the men’s singles event. It was a similar story in men’s singles badminton with Arvind Bhatt crashing out out in the pre-quarterfinals.It was the men’s rowing four team of Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and Jenil Krishnan which began the silver collection as they completed the distance of 2000m in 6:16.79, behind China (6:06.40). Uzbekistan won bronze with a timing of 6:22.70.advertisementIn the men’s lightweight four event final, the Indian quartet of Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi finished second with a timing of 6:13.32, behind Japan who clocked 6:10.14. Hong Kong won the bronze, clocking 6:14.84.After three barren days at the Aoti shooting range, Vijay Kumar notched up his second and India’s fifth medal in shooting by bagging a bronze in men’s 25m center fire pistol but Commonwealth Games hero Narang missed out on a bronze by a whisker in 50m rifle 3 positions.Vijay shot 583 (290+293) to finish third behind South Korea’s Park Byung Taek who scored 586 (290+296) and Liu Yadong of China who fired 585 (290+295).last_img read more