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The Ortiz del Tacon twins, pioneers of women’s football

first_imgMalena and Samara began their career as footballers at the Rayo Vallecano academy, a quarry where they played from 7 to 15 years old, then went through the Canillas (2013-16), club in which they coincided as players with Ana Rosell, the president of Tacon, the club that both arrived in 2016 with the dream of debuting one day in Primera. They did it this summer, after a round season in Second. Already in First, they have followed different paths. Malena is the captain of the team and one of those who has added the most minutes with the white elastic. Great merit for the footballer, who disputes her position with two renowned veterans such as Kaci and Thaisa, both with titles and participations in the best women’s competitions. For his part, An injury has crossed in the way of Samara, who underwent surgery in January after a fracture of the middle third of the right clavicle and already seems to be in good condition again. Samara and Malena Ortiz Cruz (Madrid, 1997) this season they joined a great list of sisters who have gone through the First Iberdrola. From the Unzué sisters, through the Del Estal to the Ramos, another pair of sisters, and also rivals (one plays in Granadilla and the other in Seville) in the highest category of Spanish women’s football. Now, the Ortiz also write their case in the history of the competition and they do it for Tacon, future Real Madrid Femenino. Both, Malena and Samara have left us a great advance in the equality of treatment between men’s and women’s football.The two sisters are one of the first to use high-tech sports equipment, such as Rhinob ProSocks socks for your personal training and post-match recovery. These compression stockings aim to prevent injury, facilitate recovery from muscle ailments, and improve performance during games and workouts. By increasing the oxygenation of the legs, the feeling of fatigue is less. The risk of injury is also reduced by 29% because the appearance of lactic acid is delayed. Its use shortens the recovery times of any muscular ailment by 13%. “The muscle suffers less and you feel lighter. It is as if you put one more gear into your body “Malena explains.last_img read more

Brumskine Questions NEC’s Independence

first_imgCllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former Liberty Party standard bearer…Calls for reformFormer Liberty Party (LP) standard bearer Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has questioned the independence of the National Elections Commission (NEC), and has therefore called on the CDC-led government to allow reforms in the country’s electoral law before the 2023 presidential and legislative elections are held.Brumskine said until the reforms are done, there is no guarantee that future elections will ever be free, fair, credible and transparent as portrayed in the tenets of democracy.“We must understand that unless there is a comprehensive electoral reform, all of our ambitions, public utterances or condemnation would be exercises in futility,” he said.Although it is not clear as to whether Cllr. Brumskine is still interested in coming back to the political stage, he appeared politically imbued on Monday, January 21, when he recently weighed-in on President George Weah’s first year of governance.Brumskine said opposition political parties should not take for granted the need for a comprehensive electoral reform, which he said is probably one of the first and most important issues that should be tackled by opposition politicians.“If we would like to have the will of the voters reflected in election results, we must insist on electoral reform before 2023 elections,” he said.He said one of his recommendations for electoral reform is that political parties be given the chance and responsibility to recommend the names of individuals who would serve as commissioners of the NEC, with the commissioners being allowed to choose from among themselves a chairman, instead of the decision of nomination of those commissioners exclusively being left to the President, who is also head of the ruling political party that seeks re-election in each election.“Electoral complaints against the NEC should be filed before a court that would be authorized by law to hear and determine such complaints, and not before the commission,” Brumskine suggested.He added, “This does not have to entail extra-budgetary expenditure to create a new court. The jurisdiction of an already existing court may be expanded to include the adjudication of such electoral matters.”He said during a confidence-building period between the NEC and opposition politicians, voter registration (VR) papers, machines, ballot papers and boxes, and other sensitive electoral materials should be kept in a sealed place, with several locks, and the keys thereof be assigned to the NEC and the agreed upon number of representatives of political parties, including the ruling party respectively.“This will ensure that NEC staff and government officials would not have access to those materials in the absence of representatives of political parties,” he recommended.Opposition Political PartiesConcerning opposition political parties coming together in a collaboration to take power from the ruling CDC in 2023, Brumskine said the idea is good, but should not be for the sake of individuals getting jobs for their “selfish benefits.”“Mr. Benoni Urey has taken the initiative of speaking with former presidential candidates to ensure that we come together and collaborate, for which I have commended him. I confirmed Ben, and I say to all Liberians that I am in full support of working together with others in the interest of our country,” Brumskine, a lawyer by profession, said.He continued, “However, to ensure that our collaboration is meaningful, I suggest that opposition politicians work out a plan, with defined goals and objectives, for moving our country forward. Our collaboration must not be about jobs for ourselves, whether now or in the future; certainly, we must collaborate because we desire to change the status quo.”He said if this is not the case, the collaborating opposition block would be like others who have criticized simply because they wanted to share in the spoils of government, but without an idea of what governance is all about.Weah’s PresidencyRegarding President Weah’s leadership performance in 12 months, but Brumskine expressed displeasure and said he wished Weah and his supporters could not have proceeded in the form and manner they are leading the country.“Usually in liberal democracies, a newly elected President is allowed a relatively brief period, during which he or she is given leeway with respect to changes he or she wishes to make,” he said, noting further that President Weah was expected to get a lot done during this “honeymoon period.”“In our case, as an elder statesman, I decided to allow President Weah and his government a year to get adjusted before addressing issues of national concern, realizing that the learning curve for our newly elected president would be relatively steep,” he said.Brumskine said: “Regrettably though, the shortcomings and missteps over the last 12 months have engulfed every aspect of our national life, with  constitutional check and balance, which characterize a democratic government in an obvious state of disarray.”“The allegations of corruption, misuse of public funds, and outright stealing are just small parts of the problems that afflict our nation today; and the culture of impunity accentuates it all,” he alleged.He said it is his hope that President Weah speaks on the progress from the investigation on the missing L$16 billion, the US$25 million said to have been used for a mop up between the domestic currency and the United States dollar, which is the second yet more powerful currency in the country.Cllr. Brumskine retired from active politics for the second time in his political career after the 2017 presidential elections, which were disputed and challenged several times at the NEC and the Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘First Dates’ are looking for new participants

first_imgSeveral Donegal people have taken part in ‘First Dates’ in an attempt to find someone special.Some went fantastic, such as Gary O’Brien from Ballyshannon who wooed his date Aine with his Donegal lilt.However, some didn’t go as well… On last year’s series Lee forgot the golden rule of what to do when a woman asks you to guess her age; guess at least five years below what you actually think. If she seems shocked by your estimation, don’t continue guessing upwards!If you didn’t get a chance to apply the first time around, they have now begun accepting applications for those who meet the following criteria;You are over 18 years of age.You a permanent legal resident on the island of IrelandYou are not/have not ever been employed by COCO Television and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ)No member of your household, immediate relative (i.e. mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister) are employed/have ever been employed by COCO Television and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ).RTÉ are also looking for background daters, so if the first date jitters have you camera shy you can still take part. ‘First Dates’ are looking for new participants was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Datefirst datesSingleValentines Daylast_img read more


first_imgA late free kick from Glen O’Connor earned Longford Town a deserved 1-0 victory over Finn Harps in their Airtricity Division One clash at Finn Park tonight.Longford had the better chances in the first period.First, David O’Sullivan headed wide from a pinpoint cross from Don Cowan in the 32nd minute. O’Sullivan went close again a minute later when he flashed a shot just over.Harps lived dangerously in the early stages of the second period and were lucky not to go behind in the 52nd minute when Flynn headed wide from a superb cross from Salmon.They eventually did concede when Glen O’Connor fired home a cracking free kick in the 85th minute.Harps manager Ollie Horgan replaced Caoimhin Bonner and Josh Mailey with Gareth Harkin and Darah Black for the last five minutes in a desperate attempt to grab an equaliser but Longford held on to leave Ballybofey with all three points. There was a minute’s applause before the kick-off for Oisin Merritt, the young Harps reserves player who is critically ill in a Spanish hospital following a fall in the early hours of Monday morning last.Finn Harps: Conor Winn, Caoimhin Bonner (Gareth Harkin 87), Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Damien McNulty, Michael Funston, Josh Mailey (Darah Black 87), Pat McCann, Ruairi Keating, Kevin McHugh.Unused substitutes: Graham Fisher, Mark Forker, Paul McVeigh, Shaun Patton, Carel Tiofack.Longford Town: Paul Hunt, James Mulhall, Pat Flynn, Pat Sullivan, Willie Tyrell (Glen O’Connor 34), Kevin O’Connor, Don Cowan (Peter Hynes 68), Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon, David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw.Unused substitutes: Conor O’Brien, Noel Haverty, Chris Bennion, Sean Russell, Lorcan Shannon. Referee: Ben Connolly.HARPS’ HEARTS BROKEN BY LATE LONGFORD WINNER was last modified: June 13th, 2014 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:donegalfinn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Saving Sustainably: Shingling the Roof

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. Today I weathered in the roof by installing the dripedge and underlayment.  Together with my fiancée, Elena, who I hired as head designer, we decided on navy blue/gray aluminum shingles for the roofing material. Aluminum is supposed to hold up well against the salty ocean air of Point Roberts, and the system I ordered from the Aluminum Shingle Co. came with a lifetime warranty. This becomes extra important for a solar net zero home like the one I’m building, because if you have to replace the roof then you have to remove the entire solar system first. The aluminum shingles are built to interlock together, which not only makes installing them a little easier, but also ensures a watertight barrier.RELATED ARTICLESGuide to Roofs and RoofingRoofing Material ChoicesMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignWill This Roof Design Have Problems?Staying Cool with a Metal Roof The first step of the installation was to attach the dripedge to the eaves of the roof (see the first photo in the gallery). For this aluminum shingle system, the dripedge came with the package because the shingles will actually lock into it. (Even the nails to install it were included!) For a more typical shingle roof, the dripedge can be purchased separately. Dripedge ensures that water doesn’t drip down the fascia as it travels to the gutter. The face of the dripedge extends out over the fascia so the water coming off the roof drops directly into the gutter without touching the fascia. After watching the installation video a few times, I carried the dripedge up to the roof and set about installing it. Some small cuts had to be made with some tin snips where the different pieces locked together, but overall the process was extremely simple. Adding the underlayment Getting the roll of underlayment up to the roof was probably the most difficult part. It weighs close to 100 pounds, and it wasn’t quite wide enough to ride up the rails that I had used to haul up the roof sheathing. I decided the best way to do it was to unroll a little more than the amount I needed to complete a course, cut it off, and then roll it back up. Then it was light enough for me to be able to carry it up the ladder safely. Starting at one end, I positioned the underlayment so it almost covered the nailing flange of the dripedge, nailed it in place, and then unrolled it all the way to the other side of the roof. After tacking it at the end and cutting the roll flush with the gable end, I nailed it down with cap-style roofing nails every 8 inches or so. I overlapped each successive course of underlayment about 5 inches to ensure that rainwater wouldn’t be able to get through to the roof sheathing. When I got to the ridge of the roof, I placed the middle of the roll of underlayment over the top of the ridge and cap-nailed it down over each side, to ensure that water flowing down the roof would always flow over the next course instead of under. With underlayment now covering the entire roof, the last step was to install the gable dripedge  at the rakes (see Photo #2 in the gallery). This went on almost exactly the same way as the eave dripedge, with aluminum nails every 4 inches. The shingles lock into the very end of the dripedge and will cover up all of these nails, as well as the eave dripedge nails. Shingles interlock on four all four edges The company from which I bought the aluminum shingles offers 11 different instructional videos on YouTube. After watching them multiple times, I had a really good grasp of how to install the shingles. It really is impressive how they all interlock together on all four edges and yet all of the nails end up getting covered by other shingles! There is only one way to install the interlocking shingles, and that is to start at the lower left corner of the roof and work your way to the upper right corner. The first shingle must be cut in half, and then you have to cut off some of the shingle so it fits into the gable end dripedge. This wasn’t explained directly in the videos because the roof shown in the videos was primarily a hip roof, whereas mine is a gable. However, they did show how to end a shingle on a very small section of a gable, and I was able to figure out how to get started. The first shingle in each diagonal row locks into the dripedge along the eave, and then you shingle up diagonally to the left until you get to the one that locks into the dripedge along the rake (see Photo #3 in the gallery). One important detail was mentioned very briefly in the video, and I didn’t realize how important it was right away. I was having trouble getting the shingles to line up straight, so I watched the video again and realized what I was doing wrong. Each row of shingles is attached from the bottom at the eave to the top at the gable, but then they are nailed down from top to bottom. I had been nailing them at the same time as I attached them and that small change made quite a difference in the quality of the installation. I removed the last course and reinstalled the shingles correctly. With each course I got a little more efficient at installing the shingles and my speed quickly increased. Before I knew it I had reached the top of the roof.  At this point, instead of finishing a row into the gable end, I simply cut off the top shingle at the roof ridge and nailed it down. The ridge caps will cover these nails. I continued with the diagonal rows of shingles until I reached the opposite gable end. Now, instead of starting at the eave, each row started at the gable end on the left side of the roof. Just as with the shingles on the other gable end, some cuts had to be made to allow the shingle to lock into the gable dripedge. Adding the vent stack and solar hub When I reached the marking for the Soladeck (the wiring hub for my solar panels), I cut the shingles so the unit would slide underneath the shingles above but over the top of the shingles below, ensuring water flowing down won’t be able to go under the shingles. The opposite side of the roof was installed in precisely the same way. On this side, instead of the Soladeck I had the vent pipes to deal with. I cut the shingles to fit around them and applied a thick bead of heavy duty roofing sealant around the opening (see photo #4 in the gallery). Then I slid the vent flashing down over the top of the ABS pipe, tucked the top side under the shingles above, and left the bottom side over the top of the shingles below (see Photo #5 in gallery). I nailed the flashing down with aluminum nails and used a clear sealant to cover the tops of the nails. After both sides were completely shingled, I used a knife to cut out the underlayment to create an opening for the ridge vent (see Photo #6 in the gallery). I filled this area with a special roof ridge underlayment that allows air to pass through but keeps particles out. I then covered it with the aluminum ridge caps, which also interlocked together. The first one slides into the gable dripedge and the other side gets one nail on each side. Each successive ridge cap covers up the nails from the one before it, and then the last piece is trimmed so it tightly slides under both the gable dripedge and the shingle that came before it. The few inconsistencies in the shingles visible from the roof can’t be seen from the ground. I was extremely happy to see how the roof turned out. Standing on top and scrutinizing my work, I can definitely spot some areas that aren’t straight. However, from the ground the roof looks amazing and I’m very proud of the job I did with zero experience with this type of roof. I would recommend the Permalock system to anyone who wants a beautiful roof that will last at a good price. Other posts by Matt Bath: An Introduction Foundation Formwork Designing and Installing a Septic System Pouring the Slab Framing the First Floor Framing the Second Floor Framing the Rooflast_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s New Object Removal Tool — Is It Any Good?

first_imgDoes the new Object Removal Tool in DaVinci Resolve 16 stand up to Adobe’s Content Aware Fill? Here’s what you need to know.At NAB 2019, we saw several new features added to Resolve. And while we weren’t overloaded with new features for the color page, we did get Resolve’s counter to Adobe’s Content Aware Fill tool — object removal. And it pretty much does the same thing. It removes an object from your image by adaptively blending the data from surrounding pixel information.Admittedly, as a traitor to Premiere Pro, I was slightly jealous of After Effects gaining a feature I use weekly in Photoshop. Sending video clips back and forth from Premiere Pro to After Effects is a far easier task than making a round trip from Resolve to After Effects. And Resolve’s clone patch tool isn’t a perfect substitute. Thankfully, as of Resolve 16, we Resolve users can now rejoice about having a similar tool. Or can we?How to Apply the Object Removal ToolTo apply this effect, we need to be on the color page. This is our shot, and that grizzly structure ruining our view needs to be removed.Depending on where you place the object, the removal tool can cause headaches for later adjustments. For example, let’s say you build a clean plate. The object removal tool will base the information on the current color data on the screen. Meaning, if you grab a plate, remove the object, then later revert the color temp on a previous node, the area that has been removed will stay the color that was grabbed. You could quickly grab a new plate, but personally, I would prefer to remove the object either at the start of the grade or at the end. This will help you avoid issues at a later time.Before we add the object removal effect to a node, we need to create a mask around the object that needs removing. Do this by opening the power window and selecting a mask appropriate to the shape of the object. Often, it’s easier to create a mask using the pen tool to minimize excess removal.If your object moves, you would also need to track the movement, which can be done by opening the tracking panel and simply hitting track forward. Following these steps, we create a new node for the object removal. But, we need to add an outside node-link, which we can do by connecting the blue square to the blue triangle. We’re doing this so the node with the object removal only has to analyze the masked portion (an outside node is typically used to correct the inverted area of the previous node’s matte).With the outside node linked, we’re going to add Object Removal found in the Effects Library and hit Scene Analysis. Resolve will now start analyzing the image for pixel information. This is where you can get up, make a coffee, and take the dog for a walk. This tool is very processor heavy, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to obtain real-time playback with the effect active. When complete, your image will likely have a gray matte where you placed the mask.You now need to select Build Clean Plate. This will patch the mask area with a data plate mimicking the surrounding pixels. If you feel like the job render isn’t that great, you can increase the search range. Increasing the range will give Resolve more area to pull pixel information. Conversely, if the adjacent areas have a lot of colors that aren’t similar to what you’re trying to remove, you can decrease this amount.Now, we don’t have official information on the difference between the two blend modes. But, by taking information from other tools in the Resolve Library (that also has an adaptive blend mode), it’s likely that adaptive blend uses pixel data from the source, but will blend the edges of the target area with color and lighting data from the surrounding area. Therefore, you can switch to that if your removal plate isn’t clean. Let’s take a look at the removal.Looks pretty clean, right? Well, this is a 600×300 GIF and clarity isn’t the strong point. But, if you pay attention to final moments before it loops, you can see a dip in the horizon.This was a super simple removal, and still, we had an error formulate toward the end of the clip. Since the release of the 16 beta, the general online consensus had been: “I can’t seem to get a good removal.”It works, but it also kind of doesn’t. However, the trouble starts to rise when you try to remove an object from an ever-changing background. Take this shot, for example, of a couple accidentally walking into the frame. The woman in the yellow coat also stands in front of the waves in the background and then walks back out of the shot.The theoretical director says, “I want those people gone.” And, following the same steps as before we get this result, which is entirely unusable.The object removal tool, in premise, felt like the ultimate weapon to fix shots as in the above photo. However, I feel like you need a straightforward object with little color difference between the pixels. For example, a white plane against a blue sky, or a black bird against an orange sky. And then, if that’s all you need to replace, you could maybe use the patch replacement tool. We’re still in the Resolve 16 Beta, so I can’t be too punishing. But at the moment, it does seem like a proof of concept tool rather than a fully-fledged working asset.However, in the beta press release, it doesn’t state that it’s a work-in-progress. I think the demo from the Blackmagic video is very generous with its result, as the Blackmagic forums and social media are filled with people who can’t seem to get a proper removal. Or, as we saw here today, the results are mixed.The official manual has yet to be updated for the beta. Users are speculating that more information on using this tool correctly will surface, as, at the moment, nobody knows how to use an external plate (which is an option within the dropdown menu). However, the beta release notes suggest the following:The ResolveFX Object Removal plugin can be used in the Color page to quickly remove unwanted objects from the clip. In order to use this plugin, an alpha mask of the object needs to be fed in and “Use OFX Alpha” needs to be enabled on the node with the plugin.Want more on DaVinci Resolve? Or more on film production in general? Check out these articles:A Rundown Of The Edit Page Changes in DaVinci Resolve 16The History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouHow to Upload to YouTube Directly from DaVinci Resolve 16last_img read more

Naveen inaugurates more projects

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday inaugurated and laid foundation stones for developmental projects worth over ₹250 crore for Kandhamal district.Mr. Patnaik reached Kandhamal district by helicopter on Sunday afternoon and attended a youth rally of the Biju Yuva Vahini. Around 30,000 activists of the BYV from Kandhamal, Boudh, Ganjam and Gajapati districts attended the rally held at Kandhamal stadium in Phulbani.The developmental projects include a bridge on the Salandi river costing ₹15 crore, renovation of the Khamarikhol-Gudimaska road at a cost of ₹8 crore and ₹7 crore worth piped water supply projects for the Baliguda Notified Area Council.last_img read more

Goa govt. formation talks inconclusive: BJP says Parrikar’s final rites is top priority

first_imgChief Minister late Manohar Parrikar’s final rites are more important than government formation at this juncture, senior BJP leaders said on Monday taking the focus away from ongoing negotiations. The talks between allies and BJP leaders over new government formation have remained inconclusive.After the first round of talks failed, State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said that Mr. Parrikar’s last rites would be given top priority before any government formation process is discussed again.The talks were held by top Goa BJP leaders along with Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari and BJP national secretary B.L. Santosh from Sunday.After meeting Mr. Gadkari, BJP leaders, Goa Forward president and former Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said that the discussions were inconclusive.Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo, however, claimed that former PWD Minister and leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar had shown interest to become Chief Mnister.“We will have to first pay a visit to Parrikar’s mortal remains. Then his body will be taken to the party office and after that, a decision will be taken,” Mr. Tendulkar told presspersons after the meeting.Mr. Lobo said that his party had shortlisted names of Vishwajit Rane, former Health Minister and Pramod Sawant, Goa Speaker, for the post of Chief Minister.Mr. Dhavlikar, however, declined to confirm if he had staked claim to Chief Ministership, but only said that during the meeting, each MLA was asked for his views by the BJP leaders. He said that he would be meeting the BJP leaders again soon, after discussions with the MGP State executive committee members.last_img read more

Video: Dancing Bees Reveal When to Plant Flowers

first_imgAdding more flowers to the landscape is one way to help ailing honey bee populations, but just when should these flowers be planted? To answer that question, researchers spent 2 years eavesdropping on more than 5000 waggle dances; the duration and direction of the dances (seen in video above) indicate where flowers are and how far away they are, respectively. Waggle dances are longest in the summer, the team reports today in PLOS ONE, indicating that bees travel the farthest distances to find food during this season. The mean foraging distance increased from 493 meters in the spring to 2156 meters in the summer, then back down to 1275 meters in autumn. The insects don’t travel that far for better flowers; instead, the researchers found, there are just fewer flowers around in the summer, so the bees have to fly farther to find them. Thus, to save honey bees, the team suggests that gardeners plant more flowers that bloom in the summer months.last_img read more


first_imgEarlier, in the Indian Boxing Councils undercard bouts, Siddharth Verma of Maharashtra clinched the IBC Super Welterweight national title by beating Haryanas Dibagh Thakran, a former Commonwealth Championships bronze-medallist. The eight-round contest ended unanimously in Vermas favour. In the heavy weight division, Haryanas Sumit Rangi got the better of debutant Naveen Rao from Delhi in a six round contest. In the light-heavy category, Gaganpreet Sharma from Chandigarh prevailed over Deepak Sheoran in another six-rounder. There was drama in the super bantamweight contest in which former amateur junior world gold-medallist and Commonwealth champion Sunil Siwach made his professional debut. The Indian was up against Thailands Natdanai Pegthong and stunningly had his opponent first on the knees and then on the mat within a few seconds of the opening round of what was to be a six-round affair. Pegthong was thrown off -balance by a stinging right jab and could not recover from the blow, giving Sunil a knockout triumph in his very first bout. Before the Vijender-Hope face-off, there was another India-Australia clash when the undefeated Cameron Hammond took on Devdarshan in a welterweight six-round bout. The Indian fought hard but still fell short as Hammond, who had participated in the 2010 Commonwealth Games here, scored a unanimous victory. But in a fine sporting gesture, Hammond raised his rivals hand after the results were declared to acknowledge the local favourites fine effort. Another highlight of the evening was the four-round clash in Super Lightweight contest between Indian-origin Brit Sanjeev Sahota and Vikas Lohan. Sahota won the bout comfortably and had the crowd on its feet by acknowledging his Indian and Punjabi roots with a little gig to the beats of a Punjabi song before leaving the ring. The crowd was slow to trickle in but filled up by the time Vijender walked in to the now trademark tune of Singh is King. In a special womens bout featuring boxers from Mary Koms Manipur-based academy, Negeinihat defeated Bichong via a unanimous decision. Adding to the entertainment quotient of the night was a performance by Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa. PTI PM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more