Zamboanga Valientes complete Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Cup roster

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Amsali is a highly-touted juniors player who’s part of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team and has since transferred from National University to San Beda.Homegrown talents Das Esa, Jonathan Parreno, Grevani Rublico, Rino Berame, and Ferdinand Lusdoc are the first five players the team announced with the sixth yet to be named.Navarro also signed actress Empress Shruck for the opening ceremonies.He hoped that he can help his players become more exposed to a nationwide scope since his team already carry a certain drawing power in Zamboanga.“Our players can already sell out venues in Zamboanga and hopefully we could expose them more in this league,” said Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It’s an honor and pride for our city to join this league, especially for our fans in Zamboanga,” said team owner Junnie Navarro. “They are really looking forward to watch our homegrown players play in a big league.”The Valientes join the other 11 teams of the inaugural Fiba-sanctioned 3×3 league in the Philippines with Manila, Go for Gold-San Juan, Quezon-City Zark’s, Bacoor, Valenzuela, Marikina, Bulacan, Vigan, and Cebu all in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNavarro said they plan to showcase the talents of Mindanoans in the nationwide basketball league and that’s the main reason why they joined in the first place.“We all start here, on a three-on-three format, and the reason we’re interested was because we are passionate about basketball,” added Navarro in Filipino. “Rhayyan Amsali showed that Zamboangeños can excel in this discipline.” MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business MANILA, Philippines—And it’s finally a dozen.Zamboanga completed the 12-team lineup of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup that is set to begin on March 16 at SM Megamall Event Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

CANU head axed

first_img..Major General Atherly in placeLongstanding head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh, has been fired by Government. The decision took effect from the completion of his accumulated leave.Acting CANU Head, Major General (rt’d) Michael AtherlyThe former CANU head had proceeded on 42 days leave in March, with Government appointing retired Major General Michael Atherly to act in his absence. But according to reports reaching Guyana Times, Singh has now been dismissed from office.When contacted on Friday, Singh confirmed his dismissal but declined to give any details about why he was fired.According to the former CANU boss, he was notified by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan of the decision. He noted that the decision was effective upon the completion of his leave.“I’m awaiting official documentation,” Singh stated “But I’ve been notified by the Minister.” Singh was appointed to head CANU in 2008. He has qualifications in public security, business and engineering.On March 1, Government had announced that Singh had proceeded on leave due to the days he had accumulated.At the time, Minister Ramjattan had also informed this newspaper that there was a deputy at CANU who would help Atherly in the administration of the Unit in the absence of Singh.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanMinister of State Joseph Harmon had said that the decision was in line with Government’s policy to ensure that officers did not accumulate annual leave and in turn request pay in lieu, Singh has been asked to proceed on leave effective March 1.According to Harmon, public officers have always been encouraged to take their leave and “we want to discourage this practice of accumulating large amounts of leave and then asking for payment in lieu.”“So we are trying to ensure that all public officers get their leave during that year,” Minister Harmon said.Major General (ret’d) Atherly was responsible for leading the review of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2014-2018. This review led to the development of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020, which was launched last December.It is expected that Atherly will continue to act as head of the Unit. The retired Major General is also head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. The Government has been facing much criticism of its appointment of Army officials in posts that do not specify such appointments.It was only recently that former Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff, George Lewis, was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital. And with the recent dismissal of the hospital’s CEO, Allan Johnson, Lewis took over that position. A number of other Army officers have also been appointed to State Boards and other civilian positions.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister in a statement late Friday evening said that he indeed directed that Singh would be given notice of his termination of employ. All benefits however will be granted to him.“In a scenario where very complex and difficult decisions have to be made, there is need for some amount of reconfiguration and restructuring. Mr. Singh has been at the Unit for nine years, and I hope to engage him on alternative placement options. I have thanked him for his leadership and all the support he has given to the Unit,” Ramjattan said in his statement.last_img read more

Bernstein off to fast start

first_imgBut it wasn’t all good news in the Bernstein camp. In his first competitive run in three years, Kenny Bernstein’s return to Funny Car ended at half-track. The car backfired and slowed, crossing the line in 12.935 at 60.80. “He was disappointed,” Brandon said. Andy Bolwar of Paradise Valley, Ariz., was airlifted to USC Medical Center as a precaution following a crash during Super Comp qualifying Thursday night. His Pontiac slammed into the retaining wall after the run. According to NHRA emergency services, Bolwar was responsive and taken to the hospital for evaluation. Greg Anderson debuted a new engine in taking the top spot in Pro Stock at 6.647 at 208.33. “I think we have a workable product with lots of room for improvement, which is good because with the way the points deal is now you need to peak at the end of the year,” he said. Scott Griffin has joined longtime friends Mark and Andy Carrier as a partner in Carrier Boyz Racing, which fields a Top Fuel dragster driven by Cory McClenathan. In his Top Fuel debut, Whit Bazemore put himself into the field with a run of 4.533 at 321.04. “I felt at home and that was good for my confidence. This team is unbelievable and they’ve made the transition so easy. My car is perfect,” said Bazemore, who raced Funny Cars for 17 years. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It ran great,” Bernstein said of the pass in his Budweiser-sponsored car. “It shook a little about 60 feet out, but it cleared up right away and my vision cleared up and then it just took off. “We were going 277 mph at half-track so it was hauling. It’s great to be No. 1, but it’s obviously very early. We had a lot of momentum at the end of last year and we’re hoping to keep that alive heading into this season.” center_img POMONA – Brandon Bernstein doesn’t think he’s lost in the shuffle this weekend at the NHRA Winternationals, despite the debut of fellow brat packer Ashley Force and the return of his father to the quarter-mile. He drove home the point Thursday after opening the NHRA Powerade drag racing Top Fuel series season with a run of 4.494 seconds at 331.61 mph. It was the best among the dragsters in the first of four qualifying sessions before Sunday’s eliminations. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE PLAYERS MATTHEW O’DONNELL AND EOIN WALSH REPRESENT DONEGAL

first_imgCLG An Clóchan Liath Club notes 01/05/2016B’iad  13, 14, 22 & 24 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €2200 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas  €20 an ceann: Nellie Doherty – Glenties, Josephine Gallagher – Park House, Tracey Mc Garvey – Glassagh, Kathleen O Donnell – Lettermacaward & Gertie Bonner – Innishunny. The seniors played Naomh Conaill in the Gealtacht Semi Final. With an good opening half they lead Naomh Conaill at half time. However, Naomh Conaill had a very strong second half & won the game on a scoreline of 0-16 to 1-09.Congratulations to Matthew O’ Donnell and Eoin Walsh who played for Donegal Hurling  Minors and Donegal U12s in O’Donnell Park last Saturday. Well done boys!The U16s girls training will begin this Saturday the 7th of May at 12:15pm at the Astro in the RCS. Any girls wanting to join, feel free to attend, you are all welcome.GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE PLAYERS MATTHEW O’DONNELL AND EOIN WALSH REPRESENT DONEGAL was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL NURSING FACILITY LOOKING TO RECRUIT CARE ASSISTANTS

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Donegal care facility are looking to recruit care assistants to become part of their dynamic, dedicated and innovative workforce. Management at Áras Gaoth Dobhair have FIVE vacancies now available at their highly reputable and established nursing home.JOB REQUIREMENTS: Care Assistants needed to cover annual leave, sick leave etc.FETAC Level 5 or equivalent qualification is essential.Working hours will be variable.You must be available for both day and night duty and weekend work.Applications must be willing to adapt to Kitchen/Domestic duties when required.The closing date for applications is Friday 30th October 2015.Please send CV to: Geraldine Coyle, Director of Services,  Áras Gaoth Dobhair,  Meenanillar, Derrybeg, Co. Donegal or by email to gcoyle@arasgaothdobhair.ieTel:       074-9560624      Fax:      074-9560931JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL NURSING FACILITY LOOKING TO RECRUIT CARE ASSISTANTS was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

Stuffy Offices Lower Cognitive Function

first_imgBreathing in the stale air found in conventional office buildings makes it harder to think, a new report suggests.Researchers conducting a double-blind study found that stuffy office air reduced the cognitive function of 24 professional workers by half, Ars Technica said. The study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.Lead researcher Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard, said the results were “striking.” Although researchers knew that air quality was likely to affect cognitive function and work performance, Allen didn’t expect high air quality could double cognitive scores.The study took two weeks. Participants spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday working in what looked like a normal office environment, Ars said, but was actually an indoor air quality lab at Syracuse University. While the lab has earned a LEED Platinum rating, it’s still able to manipulate levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds in the air.Researchers adjusted CO2 and VOC levels to meet several scenarios, including a conventional office with high VOC concentrations, and a “green” environment with low VOC concentrations. Additional simulated conditions included a green building with a high outdoor ventilation rate (called “Green +”), and one with artificially elevated carbon dioxide levels. A double-blind studyParticipants took a test every day at 3 p.m. They didn’t know what kind of air they had been breathing all day. Neither did the technicians who administered the test.The test was designed to measure mental function in nine different “domains,” including strategy, crisis response, and how information was used.“Cognitive function scores were significantly better in Green + building conditions compared to the Conventional building conditions for all nine functional domains,” the report says. “These findings have wide-ranging implications because this study was designed to reflect conditions that are commonly encountered every day in many indoor environments.”Beginning in the 1970s, the report notes, buildings became increasingly tighter as energy prices rose. Typical air exchange rates in homes and offices dropped.“With these design changes comes the potential for negative consequences to indoor environmental quality (IEQ), as decreased ventilation can lead to increased concentration of indoor pollutants,” the study says.The report says that carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in indoor air have long been an indicator of how effective ventilation is; CO2 levels are used as a “proxy for indoor air quality.” But evidence is now mounting that CO2 is a direct pollutant, not just a marker for other pollutants.“We found statistically significant declines in cognitive function scores when CO2 concentrations were increased to levels that are common in indoor spaces (approximately 950 ppm),” the report says. “In fact, this level of CO2 is considered acceptable because it would satisfy ASHRAE’s ventilation rate guidance for acceptable indoor air quality. Larger differences were seen when CO2 was raised to 1400 ppm.”Researchers said that exposure levels used in the test reflected office conditions in which many people work every day. They suggested more should be done to investigate exposure levels in homes, schools, and airplanes where reductions in cognitive function and decision-making “could have significant impacts on productivity, learning, and safety.”last_img read more

Video Editing 101: How to Add Titles and Subtitles in Premiere Pro

first_imgNew to Premiere? Find out about the easiest ways to insert a title into your timeline, as well as how to create subtitles for your project.Knowing how to place and customize titles into your project is a fundamental skill in Premiere Pro, just like performing an edit or exporting your final sequence. Since using this tool is moderately easy task to do with the brand new Essential Graphics Panel, we are going to dive into some of ways you can get titles to work in your favor. We’ll also look at how you can add subtitles in Premiere for a better viewing experience for your audience.Step One: Opening the Essential Graphics PanelPremiere has made it a lot easier to add titles to a project thanks to the Essential Graphics panel. It’s their own dedicated title panel that has presets and space to customize your titles without having to open a new window.To open it, simply click the “Graphics” workspace preset at the top of Premiere, or select “Essential Graphics” from the “Window” tab at the top of Premiere. Selecting the “Graphics” tab and clicking “Text” also works.From here, you can select from a wide range of pre-made titles from the Adobe library. These include simple motion graphics, basic lower thirds, and even credits sequences and end titles. Simply drag and drop them on to your timeline to start using them.Step 2: Creating Your Own TitlesTo create your own titles, go to the “Edit” tab of the Essential Graphics panel. From there, there’s going to be a small page icon in the bottom right of the panel. Select the icon, and then select “Text.”This will create a new text layer on the top of your timeline above any other clips. Now, hop back into the Essential Graphics Panel, and let’s discuss all the ways you can customize your text.Step 3: Customizing Your TextWithin the panel, there’s going to be quite a few options you have to customize your text. Let’s explore the different panels and how you can use them.Align and TransformThe Align and Transform box is all about the size and position of your text. The top row of buttons are automatic placement tools, which automatically align your text with the dimensions of your project. You can align to the center, top, bottom, left, or right — just about anywhere you need it to be.If you need to place your text in a specific place, you can either use the X and Y positioning parameters within this box, or simply move the text within the preview window. This area also allows you to change the scale of your text without altering the font size through the “Toggle Animation for Scale” parameter.TextThis is where you will be altering the actual formatting and content of your text. The top box is where you change the font of your text. If you have downloaded a new font in a .ttf file from the web, it will automatically be imported into this dropdown box when put on your drive. Below that is the Font Style. If you need to change your text from regular to bold or italic, this is where you do it.Finally, you’ve got your Paragraph tools. This is where you can align your text, adjust your kerning (the space between the letters in your text), or even add more text customization with more bold and italic options.AppearanceThis is where you add shadow or change the color of your text. With Fill, you will change the actual color of the inside of your text. Stroke will create an outline of color on your text in any color of your choosing. Shadow will create a drop of color below your text (like a shadow does), and it has a lot of adjustable parameters below such as blur, opacity, and distance. Each one will change the characteristics of the shadow below your text.Customizable Preset TitlesIn a recent update, Adobe created a new file called the .MOGRT. This is a file created in After Effects then imported into Premiere that allows customization within the Essential Graphics panel. If you want to experiment with these easy-to-use title sequences, check out PremiumBeat’s 21 free motion graphics available for download.Adding Subtitles To Your Project in PremiereThe Adobe Caption Panel is an extremely easy one to use and implement into your project. Simply click “Captions” from the new item tab at the bottom of your Project window to begin. From there, a new video layer will appear, along with the Captions tab.In the Captions tab, there will be + and – buttons that will let you add and delete new tracks for your subtitles. To start it off, just type in the first line of text in the first box, and adjust the timing of the in and out points to correspond with the audio within your project. From there, all you have to do is just fill in the blanks with the audio’s transferred captions.If you want to dive in further to the customization of your captions, make sure to check out Jason Boone’s video above, or follow the article here.Want more tips on editing audio? Check these out.Creative Ways You Can Use Music Loops in Your VideosThe Complete Video Editor’s Guide to Working with MusicHow Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song StemsDownload, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEWAV vs. MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your Videolast_img read more

BJP promises Jallikattu, implementation of prohibition

first_imgChennai, Apr 21 (PTI) Conducting the bull taming sport of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu from next year, implementation of prohibition and waiver of all loans availed by farmers are among BJPs promises in its election manifesto released here today.Toeing the line of Dravidian majors AIADMK and DMK, the party promised imposition of prohibition and freebies of eight gram gold to eligible women in Below Poverty Line category for marriage.Taking a cue apparently from DMK, the party said it would waive “all loans availed by farmers” and assured a separate budget for agriculture and Lokayukta to end graft.Ramadoss-led PMK for a long time has been advocating a separate farm budget.Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari today released the party manifesto, labelled as “Vision Document”, in the presence of state leaders led by Tamil Nadu party chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.The saffron partys pet themes like cow protection and a law to stop forced religious conversions also featured in the manifesto.The party also promised quality education on par with CBSE standards in government-run schools and linking of all intra-state rivers.BJP is fighting polls in alliance with smaller parties like IJK. PTI VGN APR IKAlast_img read more

West Bengal polls: 80 per cent polling recorded in second phase

first_imgAmid reports of sporadic violence, over 79.70 per cent of votes were cast in the second phase of West Bengal elections for 56 constituencies.In Alipurduar, 82.07 per cent voting were recorded, in Jalpaiguri 77.69 per cent, Darjeeling 74, North Dinajpur 78.90, South Dinajpur 82.72, Malda 79.60 per cent and Birbhum 82.89.At Dumrut, in south Bengal’s Bolpur constituency in Birbhum, several people were arrested following a clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party workers.Controversial Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal, the party president of Birbhum district, who has been put under strict surveillance by the Election Commission, stoked another controversy when he went to vote sporting a batch of party symbol on his shirt. The Congress lodged a complaint against the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by him.”I didn’t realise it. But the presiding officer could have stopped me from going like this,” Mandal said later. Two FIRs- one for going out of his constituency despite warning and another one for going to cast vote sporting party symbol on his kurta – are being lodged against him.Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who was in Kolkata today, alleged that booth-capturing and false voting continued in the state.”Despite the presence of central forces, there is a ‘bhoot’ (ghost) in the booths,” he said.In north Bengal, Malda district reported a clash between CPI(M) and TMC supporters in front of a booth in the Englishbazar Assembly seat. Two persons, including the TMC polling agent, were injured in the brawl, the police said.advertisement#WATCH: Clash between CPI(M) and TMC workers outside a polling booth in West Bengal’s Malda, two injuredhttps://t.co/KyVPBgtvMY ANI (@ANI_news) April 17, 2016In another instance, TMC polling agent Asraful Hossain was allegedly beaten up at a booth in Chanchol constituency in Malda district allegedly by Chanchol ex-pradhan Maqbul Hossain of Congress, polling officials said. As a result, polling was temporarily stalled. Hossain has since been arrested, the police said.Earlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC workers left eight persons injured in Dumrut village of Birbhum before polling began, an EC report said. Three persons were later arrested by the police. TMC candidate from Siliguri Assembly constituency Baichung Bhutia complained of bogus votes being cast at Sriguru Vidayapith booth and a complaint has been registered with the EC.Five of the constituencies are in Alipurduar district, seven in Jalpaiguri, nine in North Dinajpur, six each in Darjeeling and South Dinajpur and 12 in Malda districts. The only south Bengal district going to the polls in this phase is Birbhum. In pics So far, voters in 49 of the total 294 constituencies of the assembly have exercised their franchise on two dates — April 4 and 11 — that make up the first phase. Polling for the remaining phases will be held on April 21, 25, 30 and May 5.Also read:PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee, says Trinamool not working for people of West Bengal8 injured in clashes between BJP, TMC workers in Bengal’s Birbhumlast_img read more

Lalita Babar protests against gangrape: India’s superstar cricketers can learn some lessons from her

first_imgLong distance runner and national record holder Lalita Babar came forward to protest against the ongoing crimes against women.  On Sunday, the Rio Olympian participated in a big Maratha protest rally in Pune triggered by the July 13 Kopardi rape-murder of a 14-year-old school girl.”I walked in the march not as a member of any caste or a sportsperson, but as an ordinary woman still angry about what happened to the school going girl. I came here as a normal girl who believes that such a crime should never happen again,” Babar told the media. (Maratha community holds silent march in Pune )Her efforts to speak up and actually do something on an ongoing issue in the country is laudable, considering not many Indian athletes involve themselves in sensitive issues. This can specifically be said about India’s superstar cricketers, whose fans hang on their every word, especially when they sell major cola brands, luxury cars and fancy insurance plans.(Maharashtra government offers class one post to athlete Lalita Babar for her Olympic feat) It is not surprising that Babar stood up for the 14-year-old who was gangraped and murdered in her own village. The victim belonged to Babar’s community. Babar was in Pune for a program when she decided to participate in the ongoing protest.On July 13, the Class IX student was brutally raped and murdered in her own farm, confirmed by the postmortem reports.  According to the police, she was returning home when three assailants belonging to the Dalit community of the same village, killed her after allegedly gang-raping her.(Should have broken national record in steeplechase final: Lalita Babar)advertisementBabar told a leading media house that despite being  an international athlete, she has come from a rural environment and that her parents still work in the farm. She said, “That killing meant girls in villages across the country will think twice before stepping out of the house. I find it unbelievable that women should be made to feel so unsafe.”WHY PLAYERS’ PROTESTS ARE IMPORTANT?There have been instances recently and in the past when athletes have made a strong statement, sometimes even iconic,  by demonstrating a protest for what is right.Recently, USA’s National Football League player Colin Kaepernick started a protest that developed into a controversy by kneeling down while the National Anthem was being played, to mark the violence and killings of innocent African-Americans. (Maharashtra announces Rs 75 lakh cash reward to Lalita Babar)Likewise Serena Williams has always taken a strong stance against Black violence in the country. She raised her fist in the air after clenching Wimbledon title, her 22nd Grand Slam this July. The clenched fist is known as a symbol of black power and solidarity. This was done for the first time by Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968 Olympics, who were then sent back home as punishment.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Zimbabwe cricket players wore black armbands to protest against the death of democracy in the country. Consequently, the cricketers were thrown out of the country but the issue gained international attention. (Virat Kohli on Uri attack: As an Indian, it hurts)Serena’s gesture in front of millions of fans watching her at Wimbledon or on TV spoke volumes. Sports stars are viewed as idols, even role models. Even though movie actors have a bigger fan following, sports players invoke more respect, considering the hardwork and sweat that goes behind the laurels they bring while representing the country.  These sports stars have a position and power to influence and make a difference.INDIAN CRICKETERS SILENTThe culture of taking a stance has somewhat been missing among the Indian cricketers. Occasionally, they might tweet about how a certain issue makes them sad, probably because it is trending.Take the example of the Indian Test captain. Virat Kohli has tweeted in the recent past about how sad the Lahore attack has made him or how he does not have words to express on the Uri attack. When the social media trolled his then girlfriend Anushka Sharma, he asked them to have some compassion. The cricket heartthrob even posted a picture on Instagram of him with ‘Sorry’ written across it on Women’s Day, apologising to women for the atrocities they face.Sorry for the jerks, the cat-callers, the stalkers. Don’t let them ruin it for the rest of us. Happy Women’s Day ?????? pic.twitter.com/dZPbmwSymA Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 8, 2016But most forms of speaking out have been on social media posts, which usually loses sheen among many in a day. Kohli, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu appeared in a video last year, urging people to ‘respect & protect’ women. The video unfortunately did not gain popularity, unlike Deepika Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ that created a storm.advertisementIndia faces multiple social issues, from sexism to casteism, poverty to unemployment, drug abuse to racism. But there has been no strong stand by any of the Indian cricket Gods on any ongoing social issue, such that it gets people of the country talking, if not spark a controversy.Lalita Babar has thus set a benchmark for fellow athletes to come out and stand up for issues that require urgent change in India.last_img read more