Story Links The Drake University men’s tennis team suffered its first conference loss of the season with a 4-3 setback at Denver Saturday afternoon in a contest that came down to the final match. Full Schedule Roster Doubles competition1. Matt Summers/James Davis (DEN) def. Bayo Philips/Barny Thorold (DU) 6-32. Mattia Ros/Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) def. Vinny Gillespie/Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-43. Daniel Krulig/Eric Morris (DEN) def. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) 6-2 Drake (14-13, 4-1 Summit) fell behind early in dropping the doubles point and facing a 3-0 deficit. However, the Bulldogs rallied back with successive wins at No. 4, 6 and 2 singles to tie the match at 3-3. Preview Box Score (HTML) Match NotesDrake 14-13 (4-1)Denver 7-7 (2-0)Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,4,6,2,3)T-2:20 Print Friendly Version Next Game: The Bulldogs return to action next weekend with a doubleheader in the greater Chicago area April 6 starting with a Summit League match at Valparaiso followed by a match at DePaul. Denver 4, Drake 33/30/2019 at Denver, Colo. (Denver Tennis Park)Singles competition1. Matt Summers (DEN) def. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-4, 6-22. Tom Hands (DU) def. Mattia Ros (DEN) 6-3, 7-53. James Davis (DEN) def. Bayo Philips (DU) 7-6, 6-34. Calum MacGeoch (DU) def. Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) 6-3, 6-45. Daniel Krulig (DEN) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-1, 7-56. Ben Clark (DU) def. Ignatius Castelino (DEN) 7-5, 6-3 at Valparaiso 4/6/2019 – 10 AM Calum MacGeoch started that run for the Bulldogs with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles over Pedro F. Del Valle followed by a 7-5, 6-3 win from Ben Clark at No. 6 singles. Tom Hands tied the match for Drake at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Mattia Ros. Unfortunately, Denver then sealed the match with a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles to win the match.
A commentator chastises scientists and their leaders for contributing to the destruction of the civilization that nourishes them.Colin Macilwain, a commentator for Nature, is of a rare breed willing to expose the biases of his bosses. He attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) last month and had a great time. The sessions were stimulating, the fellowship was great, and lots of good ideas were shared about “how to engage the public,” the theme of the meeting.The only trouble was what was going on outside the hotel — in the United States and the world at large.In fact, the AAAS meeting took place in a sort of semi-conscious never-never land. The science-policy crowd talked a great game even as the pillars of the republic crashed noisily down around their heads.And thus he launches into a sermon to fellow scientists about their role in current events. His opinions about Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz or France’s “far-right politician Marine Le Pen” are, as could be expected, along a liberal line, but that’s not as important as his opinion about his scientific colleagues. In their “semi-conscious ever-never land” bubble, his colleagues at the AAAS meeting were oblivious to the role their own institutions have played in worrisome trends Macilwain sees as threatening western civilization. Supporters of Trump, Cruz and Sanders, he notes, were not involved in the discussions.They never are. Senior scientists are instead inextricably linked to the centrist, free-market political establishment that has tended to rule, but which is now falling dangerously from public favour.Whether his assessment of blame is on target or not, Macilwain is more upset with Big Science. Western civilization is on the rocks, falling like Rome, and all scientists want to do is keep returning to the government for money to support their own interests.Many laboratory researchers perceive this, I fear, to be someone else’s problem. But it isn’t. If the West is really in its decline-and-fall stage, its Caligula stage, its Donald Trump stage, then this isn’t just an issue for political and financial elites. It’s also a problem for the ‘experts’ who crawl around after these elites, massaging their egos and defending their interests.Trump supporters will certainly be outraged at being associated with Caligula! Nevertheless, Macilwain doesn’t care so much whether it is Trump or Sanders who is at fault. Scientists are the ones who need repentance. They pretend to be above it all, but they are as guilty as everyone, thinking themselves impartial and above the fray.The problem extends down into the community itself. We like to talk about ‘engaging the public’, but many scientists really just want to talk at them. And too many ordinary scientists hold politicians in utter intellectual contempt — even though it is the scientists who have chosen a career that allows them to pursue relatively simple problems (such as building a machine to detect gravitational waves) rather than genuinely difficult ones (such as running a social-care programme in a small town).And those senior scientists who do engage with the government or public — as scientific advisers, for example — often take up highly political positions without acknowledging that they are doing so. For example, they support free-trade agreements that cede the right of democratic governments to control things such as cigarette advertising or pesticide use without hard, scientific evidence. This is a political position that is pursued with great dedication by global corporations — and that is haplessly bought into by many scientists without a thought for its consequences.His hyperbole should hit a nerve. What? Detecting gravitational waves is simpler than running a social care program? Doesn’t Colin know how expensive the detector was, and how many years of work that took? His point sinks in on reflection. Real people outside the walls of establishment science are facing real-life problems that are difficult for them. They couldn’t care less about gravitational waves. Yet scientists proudly “talk at them” about reality, pretending to know what’s important. As elitists, they fail to recognize or acknowledge their own political biases.Some individual scientists or groups of scientists are counteracting the isolationist trend that is hastening the collapse, he notes.But at the top, there is paralysis: leading scientific organizations do little except chase money and reinforce the ruling nexus of politics and finance — even since the financial crisis of 2008, which discredited the free-market philosophy that underpins that nexus. I argued years ago (see Nature 479, 447; 2011) that scientific leaders had failed to respond in any meaningful way to that collapse, and I’m still waiting.The political structure of the West is in deep trouble, and should it fall apart, there will be plenty of blame to go around. Most will go to political and financial elites, or to rowdy mobs. But some will belong to people in the middle who have taken public funds, defended elites and then stood back and watched as democracy got ridden over a cliff.Macilwain is sketchy about his political and economic philosophy. At one point he seems to say that free markets undergird science; here he seems to say the collapse of 2008 discredited the free-market philosophy. It appears he’s portraying an unholy alliance between politics and finance (i.e., big banks). In that case, scientists have been co-conspirators. They take public funds and defend the very elites who collapsed the market and have wrested political power from the hands of citizens. What matters for science is a stable society. You can’t have that in a collapsed civilization run by mobs or by Caligulas.Update 3/17/16: See Wesley J. Smith’s take on Macilwain’s editorial at Evolution News & Views.If you are a conservative, don’t be overly distracted by Macilwain’s mischaracterization of America’s conservative candidates who repeatedly, vociferously advocate for free markets, prosperity and the rule of law (including the end of “crony capitalism” and other forms of corruption). What’s valuable in his editorial is his rare willingness to criticize Big Science. Scientists pretend to want to “engage the public” but the dialogue is all one way. They hold politicians in utter contempt, but run to them for money. They defend elites but fail to recognize their own elitist attitudes.Macilwain, a Brit, was able to state this about the Americans. But we wonder if the Editors of Nature felt he was hitting a little close to home. He was, after all, speaking about western civilization, not just American civilization. We hope his job is safe; scientists need his voice to shatter their illusions of self-righteousness and intellectual superiority.Still, key factors were missing from his editorial. His country has become utterly secularized. What does that do to the Protestant work ethic that undergirds a market economy? His country has been invaded by Muslim immigrants, many of whom hold western civilization in contempt and prefer a Sharia dictatorship worse than any Rome under Caligula. And while many European countries are retreating from socialism, an America under avowed socialist Bernie Sanders would run up a debt and deficit so rapidly on entitlements, it would quickly dry up scientific funding. Maybe he should think again about those “right wing” candidates and listen to what they really believe about the Constitution, liberty, and free markets. Neither a bankrupt economy nor a dictatorial regime is likely to provide a safe place for science to flourish.We’re not endorsing a candidate in the lively American political scene going on now. We would only like to remind those readers who fear God that the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to instruct his church: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:1-4). A civilization conducive to a “tranquil and quiet life” is good not only for Christ followers, but also for scientists and for social workers in small towns. And need we remind everyone that knowledge of the truth (a goal of science) presupposes a standard of truth that secularism cannot provide? 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10 January 2008South African clothing and food retailer Woolworths’ efforts to establish a local source for organic fibre for their clothing has been given a major boost, with the country’s first commercial scale trial crop of organic cotton being planted this summer.Woolworths said in a statement this week that they have, together with the ComMark Trust, Cotton South Africa and the Organic Exchange, set up a pilot programme in which a number of farms in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces are growing organic cotton, under direction of the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Industrial Crops.The ComMark Trust has committed in the region of R1-million to assist farmers with start-up costs, while the Organic Exchange will be providing technical support for farmers.For its part, Woolworths has committed itself to supporting local farmers by buying the 30 tons of organic cotton expected to harvested by May this year.“Woolworths is committed not only to promoting the use of organic cotton, but – and perhaps even more importantly – to fostering the growth of a local organic cotton industry,” said Woolworths group head of design, sourcing and technology Darren Todd.“We firmly believe that South Africa offers tremendous potential for growing organic cotton and have been working very closely with the Organic Exchange and local organisations, including Cotton SA and the Agricultural Research Council, for some time now.”According to the Organic Exchange, an international organisation dedicated to expanding global supplies of organic cotton, conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and over 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is produced using only natural fertilisers, pesticides and phosphates, making it much healthier for the environment and safer for farm workers.“The growing awareness among consumers of these advantages has sparked a worldwide move towards organic cotton,” Woolworths said.At the annual Organic Exchange Conference in Montrey, California In November, Woolworths announced that they had become the world’s third-largest consumer of organic cotton, since introducing South Africa’s first clothing range made from 100% organic cotton in 2004. They are behind only two giant American corporations, discount department chain Wal-Mart and sportswear manufacturer Nike.“Woolworths used 1.8-million kilograms of organic fibre in 2007 and 2.2-million kilograms is projected to be used in 2008,” Woolworths said.However, all the organic cotton they currently use comes from outside South Africa – mainly from Uganda and India – a situation that the company is aiming to change through such initiatives.Developing a new industryThe initiative is in line with Woolworths’ Good Business Journey strategy, which addresses the issue of sustainable growth within the context of changing social and environmental challenges facing both South Africa and the planet.Included in the plan is the intention to accelerate efforts to reduce the environmental impact of products and processes by introducing more textile items made with sustainable fibres such as organic cotton, organic wool, bamboo, hemp, recycled polyester and soya, with the goal of increasing sales of organic-content clothing to more than R1-billion per year, a target the company is confident it will achieve by 2010.“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm that is being shown by the farmers who are taking part in the trial and look forward to expanding local production in the future,” Todd said.He added that the company was particularly excited by the prospects that organic cotton offers, not only as a rotational crop for Woolworths’ organic produce farmers, but also as a means for empowering South Africa’s previously disadvantaged small-scale farmers.“Globally there is a huge demand for organic cotton,” Woolworths said. “Through this project, Woolworths will aim to facilitate market access so that farmers will, in due course, have access and opportunity to supply organic cotton at a global level.”“As consumers are becoming more ‘green aware’, companies around the world are using organic cotton and other organic fibres to step more lightly on the planet,” said Organic Exchange programme director Rebecca Calahan Klein. “Organic fibre production must continue to increase at a rate of 40% per year to meet projected demand.“We commend Woolworths for taking a leadership role in South Africa, and are pleased to be playing a role in the birth of South Africa’s own organic cotton pipeline.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Improved competitiveness and significant government support have strengthened South Africa’s claim to be the leading sub-Saharan tourism destination.The improved ranking was in part a reflection of the high level of government support for the travel and tourism industry and the country’s effective marketing strategy, which had helped build South Africa as a brand. (Image: &Beyond)Brand South Africa ReporterImproved competitiveness and significant government support have strengthened South Africa’s claim to be the leading sub-Saharan tourism destination, though new visa regulations and fallout from anti-immigrant protests could affect its appeal in the short term.In its latest global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index report, the World Economic Forum (WEF) found that South Africa’s performance in the tourism sector had improved significantly since 2013, when the previous study was conducted. The report, released on May 6, ranked South Africa as the leading country in sub- Saharan Africa in terms of competitiveness and growth drivers, and 48th out of the 141 markets assessed overall.While the report underscored the need for improvements in some areas such as security, these weaknesses were outweighed by the country’s natural and cultural attractions. These include the strong tourism infrastructure – in part a legacy of the 2010 World Cup – and the industry’s business environment, which was rated as a powerful enabler for the sector.The meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions segment in particular is a big driver. South Africa hosts over 100 conferences a year thanks to its three leading convention centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, including major international events. It will, for example, host the WEF Africa 2015 from 3 to 5 June in Cape Town.South Africa jumped two rungs in the 2015 survey, displacing the Seychelles atop the WEF’s sub-Saharan rankings. The improved ranking was in part a reflection of the high level of government support for the travel and tourism industry and the country’s effective marketing strategy, which had helped build South Africa as a brand, the report said.Bracing for shockwavesThough the WEF’s report saw a general improvement in the South African tourism industry, the sector could face constraints that may hinder the pace of growth in the short to medium term.A recent wave of attacks targeting citizens of other African countries living in South Africa has damaged the nation’s image in the region and beyond. A number of countries, including the UK, the US, Australia and China, have issued travel advisories warning of the potential for unrest. At present, some 70% of inbound tourists come from other African countries, according to a report issued by Statistics South Africa in late March.Similarly, a decision by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014 to tighten up the visa application process has seen a plunge in arrivals from key markets such as India and China.The new regulations will require tourists to apply in person for visas, whereas previously many were able to do so though their travel agent. With just two offices handling visas in China, obtaining one will entail extended travel for many potential visitors and additional costs. The same concerns apply to India, where limited access points to submit applications and increased visa costs are seen as a disincentive to travel to South Africa.Arrivals from both India and China saw a sharp downturn in the fourth quarter of 2014, dropping 15% and 50%, respectively, a trend that is expected to accelerate with the introduction of the requirement that all applications for visas for children be accompanied by an unabridged birth certificate. While aimed at halting the trafficking of children, it also has implications for the tourism sector, making it more complex for travelling families to meet visa requirements.Effect on operatorsAlthough there are some factors working in favour of the sector, such as the weaker rand, which is making South Africa a cheaper destination internationally, the decline in arrivals from some of the largest emerging markets is a cause for concern for local tourism operators.According to Carla da Silva, acting chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa and regional manager for Southern Africa of Air Mauritius, the new visa regulations could potentially slow growth in the tourism industry and reduce air service to South Africa. “Airlines will not be able to afford material drops in passenger numbers on routes already operating on thin margins,” she told Oxford Business Group.Marcel von Aulock, the chief executive of the gaming and hotels group Tsogo Sun, said the new visa regime could see the sector miss out on the growing Asian market. “This is being hampered by the changes in visa restrictions,” Von Aulock told Oxford Business Group. “In order to unlock the massive outbound tourism numbers that you can get from China, the existing visa regime is just not going to work; it must change.”The tourism minister, Derek Hanekom, acknowledged in May that the visa regulations had negatively impacted foreign tourist arrivals, noting that talks were under way within the government to address the issue.However, in spite of the challenges posed by the visa changes and the anti- immigrant protests, South Africa’s tourism industry is still forecast to post solid growth this year – a crucial performance given the headwinds the economy is facing. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism sector should expand by 3.4% in 2015, well above the 2% growth predicted for the broader economy.Perhaps most important given South Africa’s need to increase job creation, the council said employment levels in the sector were set to rise from last year’s 1.5 million, with travel and tourism positioned to add another 500 000 jobs over the coming decade.Source: South Africa Year in Review 2014: This information is provided by the Oxford Business Group, the global publishing, research and consultancy firm.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Johannesburg, Thursday 02 August 2018 – A key aspect of South Africa’s National Development Plan, the blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country, is its emphasis on the power of public-private-partnerships (PPPs), says Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Statistics South Africa recently released a quarterly labour force survey, which shows that the unemployment rate rose to 27.2% from 26.7% in the first three months of this financial year. Commenting on these statistics Magapatona-Sangaret said: “Economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation are immense challenges that the government cannot meet alone. Public-private partnerships serve as one of the viable solutions in addressing this challenge as they are a catalyst for economic growth in South Africa”.“Our country’s strong capital markets, vibrant economic policies, stable political climate, a competitive private sector, proud democracy and a robust economic outlook, put us in the ultimate position to enhance effective partnerships between public and private sectors for employment creation.”Following President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel defined the four key areas which are addressed and inspired by PPPs; transfer of skills, exposure to work, job creation and entrepreneurial activity.In 2015, the World Bank commissioned a benchmarking study ‘The 2015 Infrascope’ carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit that evaluated the capacity of African countries to implement sustainable and efficient PPPs. South Africa scored highest overall in all. Factors favouring South Africa, versus its peers on the African continent, is that it has PPP-specific laws and policies, sufficient financial market depth to fully enable PPP financing and National Treasury as an established central unit coordinating and approving PPPs.The unemployment rate was reported to have jumped 0.5% to 27.2% in the second quarter of 2018, which equates to 6.1 million unemployed South Africans who are looking for work. The jobless rate had remained unchanged at 26.7% in the first three months of the year and the end of 2017.“We are all collectively responsible for doing our part when it comes to job creation in South Africa; the everyday citizen needs to prepare themselves with the appropriate education and direction to succeed when opportunity arises, the business owner needs check out the struggles of the people around him/her and be open to new business ideas, and the government and private sector need to strengthen collaborative efforts for the best interests of the South African people. We need to create an honest assessment of where we are and also where we want to be as a country. From there, we can envision genuine economic progress for the future,” concluded Magapatona-Sangaret.
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Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#entertainment#Google#Samsung dan rowinski Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … But what content does do is sell devices. The best thing that Apple ever did with the iPhone was create the App Store and open up iTunes so music and movies could be downloaded to people’s smartphones. You could argue that the App Store/iTunes has been responsible for selling more Apple devices than any other force combined. This fact is not lost on Samsung.Yet, Samsung is a little bit different from Apple. Its product portfolio is broader, especially when you factor in that it makes televisions (which are some of the best available). Samsung is not just looking to sell smartphones, it wants users to go down the full profile and own a Samsung tablet, computer and TV.That, Samsung’s director of product marketing Ryan Biden tells me, is the biggest push for Samsung Hub.“Hub is really intended for people that own multiple Samsung devices,” Biden said. “It now allows us to deliver content to other devices from Samsung.”That is why Samsung has baked in “screen-mirroring” into its recent Galaxy devices. Through Wi-Fi Direct, you can broadcast what is on your phone to your Samsung TV or vice versa. Apple can do this in a limited fashion with its Apple TV box and AirPlay but that then creates three devices – TV, smartphone, box – Samsung can do it with two. The kicker? It has to be two Samsung devices. Biden downplays the fact that, just by its very existence, Samsung Hub battles Google Play. In Samsung’s mind, they are for two very different use cases for a media store. That may not exactly be the case though. Google’s Android runs on smartphones and tablets and it has Google TV, where Android has been fitted for the big screen. Samsung has even made some of its Smart TVs with Google TV integration. So, the differences that Biden cites may not be as far apart as Samsung likes to think. By putting its own media content store next to Google Play on its new Galaxy S4 smartphones, Samsung is essentially turning all of its users into beta testers that could determine the future of the Android operating system.Think about it. Apple has iTunes. Android has Google Play. Amazon has its own Video On Demand with music and books. BlackBerry as its App World and Microsoft has its Windows Phone Marketplace. What do all of these companies have in common? To a certain extent, they all make their own operating systems, have application stores and sell content such as books, movies, music and television shows through their own proprietary channels. Where, exactly, does Samsung fit into this equation? With the release of the new Galaxy S4 flagship, Samsung has taken all of its media “hubs” and consolidated it all into one Samsung Hub that sells books, movies, television shows, games, apps and music. Samsung Hub comes preloaded on all new Galaxy devices and is pushed front and center with a widget on a home screen panel on its devices. Samsung is a little bit of a misnomer in this equation. It is not like Apple, which makes its own operating system. It uses Google’s Android. By juxtaposing its Media Hub next to Google Play, Samsung is basically asking users to make a choice. Where will you get your content? From us or from Google?What is Samsung’s goal here? Is it preparing to fork Google’s Android operating system and go it alone? With Media Hub, Samsung may be turning users into millions of “beta testers.” If people end up using Media Hub for their content and apps instead of Google Play, Samsung may see reason to fork Android and go it alone. If not, Samsung can try to create its own hub of content that runs across all of its devices, just as Sony tried (and failed at) a couple years ago.This… is a little awkward.Samsung Hub Tense Relations Between Samsung & Google?Much was made earlier this year about how Samsung has grown so dominant in the Android ecosystem that it has become a threat to Google. In certain ways this is true, in many ways it is not. The hinge of the argument is that Samsung could fairly easily strip out all of Google’s services from Galaxy devices and serve similar services up itself. So, no more Gmail, Chrome, Google Play and so forth. Google executives have reportedly acknowledged that Samsung, while being its biggest Android ally, is also a cause of anxiety. It would not take much for Samsung to fork the open source kernel of Android and go it alone. Google would then lose out of the all-important user data and profiles that are the core of its advertising business strategy through mobile.Samsung already makes many of its own alternatives to Google’s offerings through its TouchWiz interface. Samsung has its own email app and browser. Galaxy smartphones come loaded with dual apps for almost every core function – one from Samsung and one from Google. Usually, the Samsung ones are inferior.And now there is Hub.Hub Next To Google PlayWhy do these mobile operating system makers put content in their app stores? Really, the profit margins are not great as companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have to license the content from the creators (movie studios, record labels etc.) and barely eke any money out of it for themselves. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
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Connect with EditorThe run-up may have been tardy but anyone who went to witness a sports event would tell you that the actual conduct of the Commonwealth Games was superb. That itself is proof enough of the power of public criticism and the vibrancy of Indian democracy.The international media hailed the high-tech opening and closing ceremonies as wonderfully warm and colourful and the Games themselves were quite enthralling. The great Indian wedding has taken place and how.We saw India break into non-traditional sports – especially field events, gymnastics and aquatics. The achievements of sportspersons from small towns and villages showed what India is capable of. They showed how sport can be a great equaliser. Our women sportspersons – some managing a family and children along with their arduous training – did us especially proud by winning a surprisingly large number of medals. New sporting icons were created and hopefully they will inspire many more to emulate them in the villages, towns and cities of this country.In the process of organising the Games, Delhi as a city itself has gained a lot. It has got a brand new airport. The Metro network has expanded to the National Capital Region at a furious pace fuelled by the Commonwealth Games deadlines. The city has suddenly got better roads, better sidewalks, new flyovers and underpasses. The signage on Delhi’s roads suddenly makes sense. There has been a quantum jump in the quality of public transport in the capital with new low-floor buses being introduced in time for the Games. Another 2,000 air-conditioned buses, used for ferrying players and officials of the Games, will be added to the city’s transport fleet.Almost every sports stadium has been rebuilt or overhauled beyond recognition in the NCR. In addition, Delhi has a brand new sports injury facility. A sports infrastructure has been created which with proper legacy planning can give fillip to sports in the country. Apparently plans are in place to put these sports facilities to optimum use with the help of public-private partnership. The thousands of school children who watched the games with rapt attention in the stadia and in front of TV should now be encouraged to get out and play and make use of these facilities through their schools as well as individually.The organisation of the Commonwealth Games has also shown our civic bodies what cleanliness means and what is possible to do with concerted effort. Suddenly, our traffic policemen know that there is no substitute for physical presence in directing traffic rather than following a strategy of “chase and challan”. Delhi Police has learnt to be exceptionally polite as have ordinary Delhiites. The fear of how the world will view us has created a new sense of responsibility. Will it last beyond the Games? One hopes that we will be able to live up to the hospitable and polite image that we have been able to convey to the visiting players and officials from the Commonwealth countries.However, one should not forget that a lot of negativity was associated with the preparations for the Games. The Comptroller and Auditor General’s office, the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation must be allowed to probe the mess. Heads must roll and responsibility assigned for the mess that the Delhi government, the Lt. Governor, the Urban Development and Sports ministries and the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games created. Already there is scramble to apportion blame. It should not happen that some hapless bureaucrats are sacrificed to save the bigwigs. The aim in any case should not be witch-hunting but of making our public institutions and people who head them accountable.
New Delhi: India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand on Wednesday expressed regret for not being able to travel to Germany to participate in a couple of races in her bid to qualify for the World Athletics Championships due to some “technical problems”. The athlete had last week requested the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to help her get visa so that she could participate in a couple of competitions, and was subsequently granted the same after government intervention. However, on Tuesday, Dutee said despite allhelp from the government, she failed to make it to the races.