By Sheeraz Faseeh Published: November 26, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Until a week ago, there was once again immense uncertainty surrounding Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE Like the case for most sports in the country barring cricket, the last 10 years have been a lost decade for Pakistan hockey as well. During this period, the team’s performance witnessed a severe decline not seen since Pakistan first started playing hockey in 1948. In 2014, Pakistan failed to qualify for the hockey World Cup for the first time, followed by a failure to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro. The team is currently ranked 13 in the world, which is marginally better than when it slipped to 14th last year. Once a powerhouse of world hockey, the team with the most World Cup titles to its name, Pakistan can no longer compete with the top teams in the world. It’s sad to see how the mighty have fallen. As a patriot and … [Read more...] about Hockey World Cup: Have we as a country collectively failed our national sport?
Associated Press Published 6:20 AM EST Nov 26, 2018 Melbourne, Australia — Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry of Belgium lifted the World Cup of Golf trophy on Sunday. They may have won it on Friday. The Belgians had a few anxious moments on the back nine Sunday but held on to shoot a 4-under 68 and claim a three-stroke win, despite a determined late run by Australia and Mexico. The sunny skies and lack of wind on Sunday was a far cry from Friday, when driving rain and gusty winds meant there were more scores in the 80s than in the 60s. Belgium shot 71 on Friday, tied for the low score of the day and one of only four scores under par, and shared the lead going into the third round. Many golfers said the Friday conditions were the worst they had ever played in. Pieters and Detry shot 63 in much-improved weather on Saturday in the fourballs (best ball) and took a five-stroke lead into the final round of foursomes at Metropolitan. From there, it was a case of hanging on for the … [Read more...] about Sunday’s golf: Belgium claims World Cup victory
A DROWNED village which emerged from the mud has been vandalised. Yobs scrawled names and dates into historic stonework and yanked bricks away. Derwent and Ashopton in Derbyshire were flooded in the 1940s to create Ladybower Reservoir. But the summer heatwave lowered its water levels, and the eerie remains of Derwent were visible again — attracting thousands of visitors. However authorities are furious after vandals daubed graffiti over them — with names “Cheryl” and “Steve” scratched into historic brickwork. Steve Rowe, of the nearby Edale Mountain Rescue Team, said: “There’s a fair amount of graffiti and defacement on the ruins. “It’s a huge part of our history and now Cheryl and Steve have scratched their names in the rock. “We need to look after it.” AFRIED OF HARD WORK Chippy boss says he can't get staff as 'workshy' jobless snub vacancies ExclusiveTAKING THE T Balenciaga hands over just £37 of each … [Read more...] about Drowned World War Two village emerges from the mud after the summer’s heatwave lowered water levels only to be VANDALISED
NASA's first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world hurtled closer to Mars on course for a planned touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space. Traveling 301 million miles (548 million km) from Earth, the Mars InSight spacecraft was due to reach its destination on the dusty, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet at about 3 pm. The mission control team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles prepared to conduct a final adjustment to the InSight's flight path on Sunday to manoeuvre the spacecraft closer toward its entry point over Mars. If all goes according to plan, InSight will streak into the pink Martian sky nearly 24 hours later at 12,000 miles per hour (19,310 kilometers per hour). Its 77-mile descent to the surface will be slowed by atmospheric friction, a giant parachute and retro rockets. When it lands 6-1/2 minutes later, it will be traveling a mere 5 mph (8 kmh). The stationary probe, launched from California in … [Read more...] about NASA’s first spacecraft designed to delve deep into a distant world is on course on land on Mars after six-month voyage
"I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending." -Fred Rogers I know it's still the middle of November, but I know that many of you are already thinking about holiday gifts for the lovers of physics, astronomy and the Universe in your life. People send me books and other educational materials throughout the year for review, and although they all have good and bad points about them, I'm happy to pick out the best ones and share them with you. Have a listen to the influential, unique sounds of Nightnoise while we go through them, performing what should be a classic, The Sussex Carol. In three different categories -- books, posters and calendars -- I'd like to share with you my favorite gift ideas for the physics-and-astronomy enthusiasts in your life (just like last year), … [Read more...] about Weekend Diversion: Holiday Roundup, Reviews and an out-of-this-world Giveaway!