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Krav Maga in the Era of #metoo

Krav Maga in the Era of #metoo

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Written By: Mariamne Chavey Everett Paris, France Photo Credit: shutterstock.com Despite #metoo and #timesup, society is slow to change. I believe it is better to be prepared by learning self-defence than risk assuming that every individual can fast unlearn habits that have been ingrained in society for years. Many thoughts cross my mind as I go through a typical Krav Maga class. It may have just begun as a self-defence course I signed up to defend against assault, but along the way, it has reinforced important life lessons for me. As I enter the gym, I make my way across the basketball court where the men’s team doing warm-ups and enter the room we use for our Thursday night class. I take in the walls decorated with inspirational figures, (Muhammad Ali is, of course, present),
Being a Football fan in the Indian city: What does it really mean?

Being a Football fan in the Indian city: What does it really mean?

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Written By: Rohan Sengupta Kolkata, India Photo Credit: shutterstock.com On the 11th of December 2016, the East Bengal Football Club (EBFC) club grounds witnessed one of the biggest sporting gatherings of the year when they hosted a Manchester United contingent of ex-players and club officials for a day. Aficionados of Indian football would perhaps be aware of East Bengal’s status as one of the most ardently supported and passionately vocal teams in the country. Aficionados of global football would certainly be aware of Manchester United’s fan following, across continents. The general mood surrounding the event was one of excitement at the prospect of meeting some stalwarts of the two clubs and having the chance to interact with them. It was perhaps to be expected. But surely ther
The Dream is not dying for the ‘Produnova’ Girl

The Dream is not dying for the ‘Produnova’ Girl

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Written By: Debkumar Mitra Kolkata, India Photo: Abhishek Saha   She’s Back! The heroics of 2016 Rio Olympics are now a blur; the dangerous and difficult Produnova vault that she made famous in Indian kitchens has been erased from the collective consciousness of the entire nation but the indomitable spirit named Dipa Karmakar soldiers on. Many believe her performance has always been oh-so-near-yet-so-far variety yet gymnastics records tell a different story. The 24-year-old is not sitting on her laurels but preparing for one last hurrah at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Throughout her career as a gymnast, Dipa has always been ploughing a lonely furrow. She started with a huge a handicap as an athlete in a sport that is not taken seriously in India with virtually no financial
Call them Footballers, not just ‘French’

Call them Footballers, not just ‘French’

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Written By : Somrita Bhattacharyya Paris, France Illustration: Arghya Manna 15th July, 2018. 9 PM. La Défense train station in Paris. A joyously tired crowd is heading back home after the magnificent victory of France in the Football World Cup 2018. ‘Allez Les Bleus’ slogan cascades through the air like a wave. “Why should we shout out ‘Allez Les Bleus’? Our slogan should be ‘Allez Les Noirs’! They don’t want us; they don’t include us, why should we celebrate the victory of the Blues then?”- a voice revolts, in the shadowy railway station of a mid-July late evening. It was the voice of an Afro-French middle-aged man waiting in the station to catch the train to Versailles. Before the train arrived, his voice was subdued by the mockery of his fellow countrymen and some more ‘Allez Le
Record Everest Climber Returns, Already Planning Next Trip

Record Everest Climber Returns, Already Planning Next Trip

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  Image Source  >>  AP NewsRoom By Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip. After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide visiting climbers on the world's highest mountain next year. "I will continue to climb. I have not reached my retirement age, and until I retire I will continue to be a guide on Everest," he said. He said he will continue to climb other peaks and plans to attempt Mount Everest again next year. "I really don't need to prepare for Everest since I will be climbing other peaks later this year,"
Expanded sports betting fuels fears about gambling addiction

Expanded sports betting fuels fears about gambling addiction

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  Image Source >> AP NewsRoom By David Crary and Wayne Parry, Associated Press Atlantic City, N.J. (AP) — For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. For the experts and organizations already concerned about pervasive problem gambling, it promises a whole new roster of worries. Much of the apprehension relates to the prospect of myriad forms of online sports betting — accessible to gamblers at any time and location via their mobile phones. There's particular alarm over the anticipated explosion of so-called "in-game wagering" in which gamblers bet, often at a rapid pace, on play-by-play developments — for example, will the next football play be a run or a pass. "You lose track of time," said Les
Nadal Beats Djokovic And Will Face Zverev For Rome Title

Nadal Beats Djokovic And Will Face Zverev For Rome Title

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  Source >> AP NewsRoom By Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — The latest installment in the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met expectations for one tight set. Then Nadal pulled away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. In their 51st meeting but first in more than a year, Nadal's court coverage eventually proved too much to handle for Djokovic, who is still regaining his form from a persistent right elbow injury. "That was a tough battle, a good level of tennis, a combination of good tactics and great shots from both of us," said Nadal, who has had injury trouble of his own over the past year. Nadal's opponent in Sunday's final will be defending champion Alexander Zverev, who recovered from an early break in

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