Davis block at buzzer seals Lakers win over Kings

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Davis had little rhythm with the ball in his hands, so James consciously took the lead on offense while Davis waited for the chance to back him up.“It definitely increases my mindset defensively,” said Davis, who sat out the previous game to rest his sore right shoulder. “When the shot’s not falling, I try to do the other things to help the team win.” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of the Western Conference-leading Lakers’ third straight win despite a spirited effort by the undermanned Kings.The Lakers led 95-90 with three minutes left after Caldwell-Pope’s third 3-pointer, but Bogdan Bogdanović scored five straight points to tie it. James hit a layup with 1:50 left, but Bogdanović eventually replied with a tying layup with 22 seconds to play.Barnes fouled James on the perimeter, and the shaky free-throw shooter smoothly hit both of his shots. Barnes then tried to drive for a tying shot, but Davis got his fourth block of the night in two-handed style while the Kings hoped in vain for a foul call on moderate contact.“We played it to perfection,” James said. “When you have a shot-blocker the caliber of (Davis) protecting the rim, that just makes it that much tougher on Harrison.”Buddy Hield had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Bogdanović added 18 points for the Kings in the LA return of Walton, who was fired by the Lakers last April after presiding over three consecutive losing seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “One call changed the whole game, you know,” said Hield, who appeared to be furious with the no-call at the buzzer. “Could have gone either way. It be like that sometimes when the home team is favored all the time, especially when you’re in LA. … We’ve got something good going here, but this game, we should have won. I think we just got it stolen away from us.”Sacramento nearly pulled off the upset despite playing without De’Aaron Fox, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, and Trevor Ariza, who sat out with a sore groin.“We had some open looks we didn’t knock down, but that is a big, talented team, and I thought our guys were light on numbers,” Walton said. “We had to put guys in that hadn’t played much at all, and everyone that checked in fought and competed.”POSTER QUALITYJames posted the highlight of the night in the second quarter with a drive and a high-flying dunk right on top of Nemanja Bjelica, who had regrettably tried to draw a charge.“(James) saw a lane and put it on his head,” Davis said. “That’s what LeBron does.”LUKE’S RETURNWalton’s pregame introduction was greeted with an indistinguishable mix of boos and cheers of “Luuuuuke” for the coach who took over the Lakers in 2016. The former Lakers forward’s teams posted three straight improved records, but his performance wasn’t rated highly by former Lakers boss Magic Johnson or by general manager Rob Pelinka, who fired Walton just five days after Magic’s surprise resignation last April.“This is why this job is fun,” Walton said. “It’s fun, it’s stressful, it’s hard, but this is what you, as a competitor, you love to do. And to be back in your old building and playing against the team you used to coach and play for, it’s exciting.”TIP-INSKings: Cory Joseph scored two points on 1-for-9 shooting in 23 minutes during his second start for the Kings. … Ariza had treatment and painkilling shots over the past 24 hours, but the Kings decided to hold him out. … Richaun Holmes scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.Lakers: Alex Caruso scored a season-high 10 points for the Lakers while playing extra minutes in place of injured starter Avery Bradley, who is out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right leg. Bradley got hurt Nov. 3 at San Antonio, but played four more games in pain before the injury was diagnosed. … Caldwell-Pope started in Bradley’s spot and went 1 for 4 in the first three quarters before he found his shot. Caruso started 1 for 6, but got back-to-back layups in the third quarter on passes from James. Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, in the last second of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — After just 12 games together, Anthony Davis and LeBron James already know how to share the workload in their formidable partnership.Davis struggled to find his offensive game against Sacramento, so James did most of the heavy lifting with 29 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

URBAN HELPS THUNDER TO CLARKSON CUP TITLE

first_imgStory Links Read the full story here.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version The Thunder won their first Clarkson Cup in franchise history. They made the move to Markham this past offseason, previously hailing from Brampton where they made two appearances in the championship finals in 2012 and 2010. Urban played for the Blues from 2007-12, captaining the squad for her last three seasons. The native of Kamloops, B.C., racked up 40 goals and 86 points in 133 regular season games as a Varsity Blue. Former University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey player Karolina Urban helped the Markham Thunder to the 2018 Clarkson Cup as they defeated the Kunlun Red Star, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday, March 24 at Ricoh Coliseum.last_img read more

Counterterror funding shuffled

first_imgWASHINGTON – More of a $765 million counterterror program will go to cities at greater risk, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday, cheering those who say too much has been sent to communities unlikely to face major threats. What the changes may mean for California’s share of the funds from the urban area security initiative remains unclear. While some state and local leaders worried that bureaucratic tangles could imperil the flow of badly needed dollars, others saw the potential for increased funding to protect the state’s numerous bridges and seaports, crowded shopping malls and entertainment venues. “We do have some serious concerns,” said Chris Bertelli, spokesman for the California Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Homeland Security officials said they will announce how much each qualifying metropolitan area will receive in June, after a competition that will include agency scrutiny of their plans for using the money. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The funds can also be used to prepare communities to respond to a natural disaster or a health crisis, such as a flu pandemic. The agency said 35 metropolitan areas will have to apply for funding and show that they have a good use for the money. Those cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and Miami. Last year, nine California cities received money from the program, with $62 million going to Los Angeles and $7.9 million to Long Beach. Under the new plan, California was condensed from nine regions into five, including a metropolitan area consisting of the city and county of Los Angeles, Long Beach and about two dozen neighboring communities. Maurice Suh, Los Angeles’ deputy mayor for Homeland Security, called the regional approach a “common-sense change,” adding that Los Angeles and Long Beach are natural partners because they share a contiguous seaport. Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill said she would have preferred to keep her city’s homeland security grants separate to avoid confusion over local strategies. But, she said, “we are always cooperative and have worked as a team with Los Angeles. We have the same goals – what affects one affects the other.” She speculated that Los Angeles/Long Beach might also see an increase in money. “It could very well be that the combined efforts of practically most of Los Angeles County would have more funds that might be available to them,” O’Neill said. The new area also includes Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, in Ventura County, as well as any town within 10 miles of the border of the combined area. Suh said that could cause some initial bureaucratic awkwardness as counties iron out joint plans. But, he said, “it’s a recognition by DHS that we live in an area which is of strategic importance.” Bertelli said state officials worry the new combinations of urban areas mean California will have to create several new bureaucratic structures all before March 2, when applications are due. Bertelli said the urban initiative grants make up about a fifth of the state’s share of homeland security funds. The larger pot of anti-terror money remains under a formula that ensures small states, regardless of actual risk, receive at least some of the funds – something Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others think is unfair because it has made a state like Wyoming a greater per capita recipient of homeland security money than California. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Los Angeles, said she was encouraged that the administration is beginning to emphasize the risk of terrorist attack over population and other factors. “The Department’s decision to invest more in areas facing the greatest risk is long overdue,” Harman said in a statement. “Effective, smart and sensible homeland security requires allocating limited resources based on threats and vulnerabilities.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Marshfield baseball routs D.C. Everest for seventh-straight win

first_imgTigers improve to 14-7By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Sam Klein hit a home run, drove in four, and tossed a shutout inning of relief to lift the Marshfield baseball team to a 13-5 win over D.C. Everest on Tuesday at Jack Hackman Field.The Tigers won for the seventh time in a row and improve to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 7-12 and 5-4 in the conference.Marshfield scored in all six innings it batted and never trailed.Jake Brueggen allowed two runs in five innings to earn the victory for the Tigers.Marshfield had 13 hits, three each from Trevor Schwecke and Jack Donahue. Schwecke had a triple and drove in three runs. Matt Meyer, Sam Klein, and Jared Klein added two hits apiece for Marshfield.“The kids are having fun,” Marshfield coach Mark Zee said. “We are getting some good pitcher performances, and we continue to play good defense.”Marshfield plays at D.C. Everest on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 13, Evergreens 5D.C. Everest 011 003 0 – 5 13 5Marshfield 322 213 x – 13 13 1WP: Jake Brueggen. LP: Austin Behrens.SO: Behrens (3 inn.) 3, Derek Reiche (2 inn.) 3, Alec Fernstaedt (2 inn.) 0; Brueggen (5 inn.) 2, Tyson Slade (1 inn.) 2, Sam Klein (1 inn.) 0. BB: Behrens 3, Reiche 2, Fernstaedt 0; Brueggen 1, Slade 0, S. Klein 2.Top hitters: DC, Brady Urekert 2×3, 2 2Bs. M, Matt Meyer 2×3, 2B; Trevor Schwecke 3×5, 3B, 3 RBIs; Jack Donahue 3×4, 2B; Sam Klein 2×2, HR, 4 RBIs; Jared Klein 2×4.Records: D.C. Everest 7-12, 5-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 14-7, 5-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

Diaspora to join in Africa’s development

first_img28 May 2012The Global African Diaspora Summit ended in Johannesburg on Friday evening with the adoption of a set of legacy projects aimed at strengthening the contribution of the diaspora to the continent.The projects, endorsed by African leaders at the summit, include a fund that will harness the financial resources of Africans based in the diaspora for development projects on the continent.The fund will provide a platform through which the African Union (AU) Commission will lure the African diaspora to contribute to the continent’s development. According to the AU, the continent will require about US$60-billion in the next 10 years to meet its infrastructure needs.The summit also resolved to establish a Diaspora Volunteer Program in order to associate the diaspora directly with the development efforts of the continent, as well as to give concrete meaning to the concept of the “African family”.The summit was of the view that through education and skills development Africa would conquer the ills of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.The summit also resolved to promote the Development Market Place for an African Diaspora model as a framework to facilitate innovation and develop entrepreneurship to empower the youth of the continent and her diaspora.Speaking at the closing of the summit, President Jacob Zuma said resolutions taken at the summit, as well as the announcement that South Africa would share in the hosting of the world’s most powerful radio telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope – demonstrated that Africans were more than capable of successfully taking their destiny in their own hands.“Africa is here. Africa is rising. Africa is happening, and no one will stop us because we have what it takes to make it work.”By hosting the summit, Zuma said, the leaders had asserted their “shared descendency; our shared vision; our shared history; our shared experience, and our shared commitment to overcome the challenges faced by our people on the African continent.“Whilst this project must inspire us, its outcomes are a clear demonstration that even though we are situated in different parts of the world, nothing must prevent us from working towards a common goal – that of creating a better life for the people of Africa and the diaspora.”The resolutions taken at the summit, Zuma added, would ensure that Africa provided decent jobs to the people. “We must ensure that all our people live in a safe and secure environment.”The current Chairperson of the AU and Benin President Bon Yayi said the crucial thing now was how Africa and its diaspora were going to collectively realise the goals set at the summit.“These initiatives do not and cannot end at this summit, in fact actual work begins now,” Yayi said.The summit, attended by several current and former heads of state, opened earlier with a call for African leaders to accelerate progress towards the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Android Market Hits 500,000 Successful Published Apps, Has 37% Removal Rate

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Over 78% of the apps removed from the Android Market were free, which Research2Guidance believes is a product of the open ecosystem of the market where Android publishers have more apps in the market for testing, demos, trials and malware. Apps die. It is a reality of the nature of development and lifecycles. There are a variety of reasons for this. Many times it is because an app does not support new versions of the operating system it is built on. For instance, there will likely be a large churn rate for older Android applications that do not end up supporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The same goes for developers who have not taken the time to update their apps for functionality to iOS 5. Apps are also removed because the code degenerates and are not updated to fix bugs. Or, instead of updating a version of an app, publishers will just publish the next version as its own app and disregard maintenance for the older version. For the Android Market, malware is also a factor in removal that, as we have seen, has not been a problem on iOS. Research2Guidance notes that the Windows Phone Marketplace is on a similar trajectory to Android in terms of removal rates. After 15 months, the 13% churn is comparable to Android at 14% after the same period of time. The firm notes that the cleanup of the Android Market did not come until well after that, near the end of 2010. dan rowinski Tags:#Android#Apple#apps#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In terms of pure volume, the Android Market is rapidly catching up with the Apple App Store. Android has also been a step behind Apple. The iPhone was released in 2007, Android made its mass market debut in 2008. Apple just released iOS 5 while Android just put out version 4.0. From the application perspective, Apple has long maintained a large lead.Mobile research firm Research2Guidance said in August that the Android Market would catch the App Store by the end of 2011. Today it released its September 2011 numbers to show that the Market has achieved half a million successful app submissions, compared to near 600,000 for Apple. Yet, even though an app has been published, that does not mean it stays in the store forever. Apple still has the advantage in application churn rate over Android.As of the end of the third quarter 2011, the Android Market had 319,161 active applications as compared to 459,589 for the Apple App Store. The churn rate, or applications that have been removed from an app store, was significantly higher for Android at 37% as compared to 24% for the App Store. Research2Guidance added the Windows Phone Marketplace into its study, showing a 13% churn rate. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

North Carolina ~ Franchise Tax: Bank Privilege Tax Repeal Clarified

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe North Carolina Department of Revenue has updated its important notice on the repeal of the bank privilege tax. The repeal is effective July 30, 2016 and not July 1, 2016, as indicated in a previous notice. Bank privilege tax returns for calendar year 2015 were due July 1, 2016. No additional returns are required for any portion of calendar year 2016. The tax of $30 for each $1 million of total assets applied to every bank or banking association, including each national banking association, that was operating in North Carolina as a commercial bank, an industrial bank, a savings bank, a trust company, or any combination of those facilities or services.Important Notice , North Carolina Department of Revenue, July 7, 2016 , ¶202-728last_img read more

Energy Management vs. Power Management in the Data Center, Take 2

first_imgThe extra dynamic power range comes at the expense of instituting additional processes and operational complexity.  However, please note that there are immediate benefits in power and energy management accrued through a simple equipment refresh.  IBM reports an 11X performance gain for Nehalem-based HS22 blade servers versus the HS20 model only three years old.  Network World reports a similar figure, a ten-fold increase in performance, not just ten percent. The relationship is not always linear, but the figure illustrates the concept.  On the x-axis  we have the workload that can range from 0 to 1, that is, 0 to 100 percent.  P(baseline) is the power consumption at idle, and P(spread) is the power proportional computing dynamic range between P(baseline) and power consumption at 100 percent workload.  A low P(baseline) is better because it means a low power consumption at idle.  For a Nehalem-based server, P(baseline) is roughly 50 percent of power consumption at full utilization, which is remarkable, considering that it represents a 20 percent over the number we observed for the prior generation, Bensley-based servers.  The 50 percent figure is a number we have observed in our lab for a whole server, not just the CPU alone. Upgrading the electrical power infrastructure to accommodate additional servers is not an option in most data centers today.  Landing additional servers at a facility that’s working at the limit of thermal capacity leads to the formation of hot spots, this assuming that electrical capacity limits are not reached first with no room left in certain branch circuits. Another useful figure of merit for power management is the dynamic range for power proportional computing.  Power consumption in servers today is a function of workload as depicted below: I will be elaborating on some of these ideas at the PDCS003 Cloud Power Management with the Intel(r) Nehalem Platform class at the upcoming Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on the week of September 20th.  Please consider yourself invited to join me if you are planning to attend this conference. If a 50 percent P(baseline) looks outstanding, we can do even better for certain application environments such as load-balanced front end Web server pools and the implementation of cloud services through clustered, virtualized servers.  We can achieve this effect through the application of platooning.  For instance, consider a pool of 16 servers.  If the pools is idle, all the servers except one can be put to sleep.  The single idle server is consuming only half the power of a fully loaded server, consuming one half of one sixteenth of the cluster power.  The dormant servers still draw about 2 percent of full power.  Hence, after doing the math, the total power consumption for the cluster at idle will be about 8 percent of the full cluster power consumption.  Hence for a clustered deployment, the power dynamic range has been increased from 2:1 for a single server to about 12:1 for the cluster as a whole. The CPU is not running in any of the S-states than S0.  The selection of a specific state depends on how fast that particular server is needed online.  It takes longer to bring up a server online in the lower energy states.  Servers in G3 may actually be unracked and put in storage for seasonal equipment allocation. There are two types of potentially useful figures of merit, one for power management and one for energy management.  A metric for power management allows us to track operational “goodness”, making sure that power draw never exceeds limits imposed by the infrastructure.  The second metric tracks power saved over time, which is energy saved.  Energy not consumed goes directly to the bottom line of the data center operator. In the figure below note that each platoon is defined by the application of a specific technology or state within each  technology.  This way it is possible to optimize the system behavior around the particular operational limitations of the technology.  The graph below is a generalization of the platooning graph in the prior article.  For instance, a power capped server will impose certain performance limitations to workloads, and hence we assign non time critical workloads to that platoon.  By definition, an idling server cannot have any workloads; the moment a workload lands on it it’s no longer idle, and its power consumption will rise. A virtualized environment makes it easier to rebalance workloads across active (unconstrained and power capped) servers.  If servers are being used as a CPU cycle engines, it may be sufficient to idle or put to sleep the subset of servers not needed. I would like to elaborate on the topic energy vs. power management in my previous entry. Please note that a mechanism that yields significant power savings may not necessarily yield high energy savings.  For instance, the application of Intel(r) Dynamic Power Node Manager (DPNM) can potentially bring power consumption by over 100 watts, from 300 watts at full load to 200 watts in a dual-socket 2U Nehalem server that we tested in our lab.  However, if DPNM is used as a guard rail mechanism, to limit power consumption if a certain threshold is violated, DPNM may never kick in, and hence energy savings will be zero for practical purposes.  The reason why we do this is because DPNM works best only under certain operating conditions, namely high loading factors, and because it works through frequency and voltage scaling, it brings a performance tradeoff. To understand the dynamic between power and energy management let’s look at the graph below and imagine a server without any power management mechanisms whatsoever.  The power consumed by that server would be P(unmanaged) regardless of any operating condition.  Most servers today have a number of mechanisms operating concurrently, and hence the actual power consumed at any given time t is P(actual)(t).  The difference P(unmanaged) – P(actual) is the power saved.  The power saved carried over time t(1) through t(2) yields the energy saved.last_img read more

Now lifting coach in harassment row

first_imgClose on the heels of sexual harassment charges against hockey coach MK Kaushik come similar allegations against a national weightlifting coach.Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari has levelled charges of sexual harassment against a Sports Authority of India coach who has been with the Indian team for 15 years and has also been recommended for the Dronacharya award.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Malleswari said that the coach had been sexually harassing junior weightlfitfters for more than a decade now. “This national coach has had a long history of sexual harassment. He has been holding camps for juniors and somehow he impresses upon them that he can help them get into the Indian team.”There are some who fall for it and he has ended up in bed with a lot of juniors,” she alleged. Malleswari went on to say that the coach was transferred for a brief time due to the allegations against him. “After a slew of complaints against him by the girls training there, he was transferred out of SAI Centre, Bangalore.But that was for a brief period, following which he resumed his duties,” she said.Malleswari revealed that the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has recommended the coach for the Dronacharya Award as well. “I was really shocked when I came to know that the IWF has recommended his name for the Dronacharya award. It beats me how a coach who should have been sacked long time back, has instead ended up being recommended for the country’s highest coaching honour,” she said.advertisementShe added that the girls did not feel safe with him. “I can categorically state that the girls are not safe with him. As vice-president of the IWF, I am really concerned about the safety of the junior weightlifters.”I have done my best in various IWF meetings to get rid of him. But that has not happened as the both the president and secretary don’t have much time for the sport,” she alleged.She also said that at least on three occasions, she had impressed upon BP Baishya, president of the IWF, the need to remove the tainted coach.”Despite initially agreeing to my proposal, the IWF shot down the move to sack the coach each time.” she said.Malleswari added that during the executive meeting in Udaipur in February, Baishya had assured her in the presence of the entire committee that the coach would be sacked within a couple of weeks. “It is now July end and he still continues to coach the team,” she said.Malleswari also stressed upon the fact that she had nothing personal against him.”I want to state here that I have nothing personal against him. I hold no grudge against him. As a weightlifter, if I can the help junior compatriots, I will do it. Nobody can stop me from doing this,” she said.Malleswari also asked a very pertinent question. “Are there no other coaches in this country that we have to depend on a person who has such a bad reputation? I am sure the time has come to look beyond this coach,” she said.She concluded on the note that the weightlifting fraternity was like a family.”If we can find a solution to this issue within the family it would be better. Unfortunately, if that does not happen, then I will have to take some other course of action,” she said.last_img read more

Krishna Poonia game for ultimate test in London Olympics

first_imgIndia has never won a track and field medal at the Olympics but after Krishna Poonia stood at the top of the podium during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, hopes were raised that the long drought will come to end at last.Nineteen months after winning the historic gold here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the ace Indian discus thrower has set her sights on achieving glory at the London Games.Krishna has been going through gruelling training sessions abroad and it was in May this year that she recorded her personal best throw of 64.76m, which also happens to be the national record.With the world’s best athletes on show at the Olympics, Krishna has her task cut out but the tall thrower knows she has it in her to finish on the podium.”For the last one year, my only focus has been the Olympics and the preparation has been going on really well,” Krishna told Mail Today from Portland in the United States.”I have had decent success in some of the tournaments that I have competed in recently here and hopefully, I will be able to do something special for my country at the Olympics,” she added.At the Beijing Olympics, Stephanie Brown-Trafton won the discus gold with a 64.74m throw, which was 0.02m short of Krishna’s personal best.Krishna is in the US with her husband-cum-coach Virender Poonia and they are hopeful that she will break the 65m barrier at the London Olympics.However, Krishna is well aware that reputations count for little when the big stage arrives. Recently, the Indian competed at the Diamond League in Eugene which had a starstudded field with American Stephanie also in the fray.advertisementKrishna missed the podium with 62.11m being her best throw while Stephanie came a cropper and was disqualified after three failed attempts.In Eugene, it was for the first time that Krishna competed in rain so she doesn’t mind missing out on a medal.”I hope to cross the 65m mark at the Olympics and that should be good enough to win a medal for me. I am satisfied with how I have been performing of late.”We had planned our training schedule long back and everything is going according to it. At the Diamond League in Eugene, it was very difficult competing in rain with the surface very slippery. Since it was a first experience for me, I am not very disheartened.”I know there are several athletes going through strict regimes in the lead-up to the Games, but my focus is on my preparation. It all depends on that particular day and anything could happen. You may be having a world record against your name but one bad day can ruin all your hard work.”Virender has also made a few technical changes in Krishna’s technique to cover more ground. She has added weight to her throws, besides starting new exercises to develop her shoulder muscles.”I have also made a few small changes in my action like reducing the jump that was there earlier.”Krishna doesn’t get to see her 10-year-old son much but says her husband’s constant presence adds to her confidence and determination.”He is a great source of inspiration. There are times when I get dejected and can’t concentrate. But with my husband around, he doesn’t allow me to get depressed and keeps my morale high all the time,” she said.Krishna doesn’t want to leave anything to chance as far as training for the Olympics is concerned and, will leave for London on July 1 itself to acclimatise to the conditions.last_img read more