Women’s Basketball Opens MVC Play Friday Against Valparaiso

first_imgDrake (5-7), the preseason league favorite, begins MVC action against Valparaiso (7-4) after playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation as ranked by the NCAA at No. 27. Friday night, the Bulldogs will try to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a four-game losing skid, which hasn’t happened for the program since the 2013-14 campaign. The Valley on ESPN3 Buy Tickets Valpo Game Notes Drake will look to bring the momentum it had against No. 25/25 Iowa in its non-conference finale when the Bulldogs outscored the Hawkeyes, 39-33, in the final two quarters of a 79-66 defeat. Sophomore guard Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) helped lead the rally attempt versus Iowa with 21 of her career-high 27 points coming in the final two periods. Friday night will feature the two top scoring teams in the MVC in Drake (82.9) and Valparaiso (71.8), which joined the Valley in July, 2017 from the Horizon League after the departure of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference. The Crusaders are led in scoring by Cedar Rapids native and senior Dani Franklin, who averages a league-best 18.0 points per game. The Bulldogs counter with redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who ranks third at 16.6 and Hittner, who is fifth at 15.3. Live Audio Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opens the Missouri Valley Conference season Friday night at the Knapp Center against league newcomer Valparaiso. Tipoff with the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. and the MVC opener for both teams will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats Following Friday’s game, the Bulldogs will host a New Years Eve contest against Loyola on Sunday. Tipoff with the Ramblers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes The two teams have played just twice before with Drake owning a 2-0 advantage. The last meeting played in Nov., 1995 resulted in a forfeit victory rewarded to Drake after Valparaiso was later found to have used an ineligible player.last_img read more

Reindeer facts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reindeer have feet like snowshoes, antlers like a rocking chair, and connections in story and song to Santa Claus.But they don’t live wild in Ohio.Neither do caribou, which belong to the same species (see No. 2 below).And Marne Titchenell — who’s a wildlife program specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University — hasn’t even seen them in Alaska.“I went there a couple of years ago,” she said. “I thought I had a good chance, considering there are more caribou there than people. But no dice.“I’ve had to rely on the ones I’ve seen at the Columbus Zoo.”Titchenell has a sleighful of experience, however, with a reindeer and caribou relative.White-tailed deer live in all 88 of Ohio’s counties, have reached nuisance levels in some cities, and part of her job is teaching workshops that show people ways to deal with them.There’s a tiny bit of good news, she said: “I can confidently say, with the backing of the scientific community, that white-tailed deer can’t fly.”She’s less firm when it comes to reindeer. “I’ve never seen one fly,” she said. “But I keep looking.”Especially Dec. 24.Confirmed reindeer facts include the following:1. Reindeer used to be Buckeyes.Once upon a time, about, hmmm, at least 10,000 years ago — until the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age — reindeer lived in the area that became Ohio.Paleontologists have found reindeer fossils in the Buckeye State and Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia, among others.2. Reindeer are the same things as caribou. In general. But maybe, somewhat, not.Reindeer and caribou belong to the same species, which is Rangifer tarandus. In general, people use “caribou” in North America, “reindeer” in Europe and Asia.“Caribou” also tends to refer to the larger, wild R. tarandus types, like the ones in Canada and Alaska, while “reindeer” often, but not always, means the slightly smaller, domesticated kinds, like many of the ones in Scandinavia.Scientists say in all, there are 14 R. tarandus subspecies and at least four domesticated breeds.A 2013 study complicates matters. Based on DNA analysis, the study suggested that reindeer/caribou should be in two groups. One group is the caribou in southern Canada. The other group is the caribou in Alaska and northern Canada plus the reindeer in Europe and Asia.The scientists who did the study said the Ice Age split the two groups apart about 200,000 years ago, and their genes and adaptations to their environment, including to changing climates, are somewhat different because of it.3. Reindeer are deer.Reindeer are members of the Cervidae, or deer, family. The Cervidae family, to name a few, includes elk, moose and Ohio’s white-tailed deer.4. Reindeer do go click, click, click.Reindeer make a clicking sound when they walk, and not just when up on a housetop. Tendons snap over sesamoid bones in their feet, and that’s what makes the click.Experts think the clicking helps the members of a herd stay in contact, especially in snowstorms or, say, when it’s foggy.5. Reindeer also vocalize.Reindeer cows grunt to their calves. Calves bleat and bawl to their mothers. Males snort, hoot, bellow and rattle hoarsely when trying to attract a mate. A special inflatable air sac in the neck gives the calls of the males extra oomph.6. When a reindeer senses danger, it may sniff, listen, stare, urinate, “wheeze-snort,” rear up and jump in the air like a stallion, then run away, often in that order.Scientists call the rearing up and jumping an “excitation leap.” It’s a visual warning to other reindeer. It could mean there’s a predator coming, like a wolf, a bear or a fearsome, toothy, bounceable biped you could even describe as abominable.7. There’s a reason a reindeer can have a red nose — at least on the inside. And it’s gross.Flies called reindeer nose bot flies may deposit their larvae in a reindeer’s nostrils. The larvae then grow in the throat or sinuses. One of the results can be inflammation. But you couldn’t really say the nose glows. The reindeer sneezes them out in spring.8. A reindeer runs faster than a grandma.A reindeer can run at speeds of up to 48 miles per hour. A grandma walking home from someone’s house Christmas Eve, or any other day, averages about 3 miles per hour. If both the reindeer and grandma were traveling in the same direction and following the same path, the grandma indeed and unfortunately would get run over by the reindeer.Even Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Elaine Thompson, who’s capable of about 21 miles per hour over 100 meters, would have hoof prints.9. “Up on the House Top” — and its composer’s house — have histories in Ohio.Finally, there’s a reindeer tie to Ohio in music. Benjamin Hanby — who was born in Rushville, lived in Westerville and went to Otterbein University — composed “Up on the House Top” in 1864. According to its Wikipedia entry, the song is “considered the first Yuletide song focused primarily on Santa Claus” — and his four-footed, foot-clicking helpers.Hanby was a minister, abolitionist and helped with the Underground Railroad. Today, his Westerville home is preserved as the Hanby House State Memorial, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is included in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom of significant Underground Railroad sites.last_img read more

Ohio Pork Congress highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location.“We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and that is due to the event planning committee. It just goes to show that if we get the right program and right presenters here, people will come and benefit from what they have to share.”The event followed the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference held the previous day and the topic was a natural topic of conversation as the 2025 deadline for implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board sow housing requirements draws closer.“One of the things that is on our minds here in Ohio is the magic number of 2025 when the sow housing changes have to be implemented. We have many exhibitors here that will help producers be able to retrofit their barns and make the transition to meet the Ohio Livestock Care Standard Requirements here in 2025. It is a big deal,” Deaton said. “We had good participation at the Sow Housing Conference. We heard from people who have already made the transition either with a new building or retrofitting an existing building. They shared some things that they learned and hearing about that hands-on experience really helps.”Another topic of discussion was the strong demand for pork.“One of the things I have been impressed with over the last year is that domestic consumption is up. It is getting close to 52 pounds consumed per person, that is getting close to a high for us,” Deaton said. “Bacon has always been popular, but it is more popular now than it has been. Bacon has been really hot but loins have dropped off. Loins used to be our leader but now ribs and bacon are the leaders. As we got that pig leaner, we also leaned up the bacon and made it a better, more appealing product than 20 years ago. We have to get used to the shifting consumer demands. My goal is to work to get the loins back up to where they were and keep the bacon where it is.”Ohio Pork Congress attendees also got a legislative update, a PRRS Mapping update, a report on global trends in protein consumption, a water quality update, and an overview of manure application research.For the past five years, Glen Arnold with Ohio State University Extension has conducted research on methods of sidedressing liquid manure. Initially, he used a tanker filled with liquid manure that was applied to young corn fields in several western Ohio counties. But the dragline and manure sidedress toolbar, compared to a tanker, weigh less and are faster and more efficient, Arnold pointed out. Also, the dragline and toolbar cause very few plants to be crushed to death. OSU research has found manure sidedressed fields produced 13 more bushels of corn per acre compared to fields where synthetic fertilizers were applied saving about $80 an acre, Arnold said.“There’s always a cost to the livestock farmer to apply manure to farm fields. By capturing more of the nitrogen in the manure, the farmer can reduce the need to purchase commercial fertilizer and make a bigger profit,” Arnold said.Attendees also heard a National Pork Board Update from Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa and an entertaining presentation from keynote speaker Rob Sharkey, a farmer and podcaster from Bradford, Illinois. Award winners, including the Industry Excellence Award winners the Surber family, were recognized as well. The Surber family was recognized with the Industry Excellence Award. Jess Campbell accepted the Friend of the Ohio Pork Industry award for Farm Credit Mid-America. Glen Arnold (right) was recognized with the Pork Industry Service Award for his work with manure in 2018. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year presented by Ty Higgins. Frank Pizzo accepted an award for City Barbecue for Pork Promoter of the Year Ben Pitstick, left, was recognized as the Swine Manager of the Year presented by OPC president Rich Deaton. Bill Even with NPPC provided a legislative update, Keynote Speaker Rob Sharkey, Bradford, Illinois covered “Talking About Tough Topics in a Meaningful Way”last_img read more

Your Midyear Startup Checkup: Are You On Target?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 2010 is over half over, which makes it a good time to reflect on the year so far and revise your startup’s plans – if necessary, of course – for the year ahead. Are you on target? Have your targets changed? And if so, have you adjusted course to compensate?Mark MacLeod posted his thoughts on the midyear point on the Startup CFO blog today, noting that it can be difficult for startups to establish accurate targets. Even so, he notes, there are two schools of thoughts when it comes to targets. The first: you set the targets, now stick with them. The second: if you can’t meet the targets, it only makes sense to adjust.If you’ve determined that, indeed, your targets need adjusting, MacLeod suggests the following: Diagnose: “Hold a post mortem,” he writes, “ideally involving much or all of your team.” What went wrong? Were the targets unreasonable? If so, why were they set in the first place? If the targets were reasonable, why weren’t they attained? What can be done about that?Reset: Now that you have new insights into your performance, you can set new targets – making sure that your investors support them, of course.Communicate: After you’ve reviewed your year-to-date performance, make sure you share that diagnosis with your whole team. Explain not only what the new targets are, but why the targets are changing.Partial Mulligan: If employees’ compensation is tied to meeting targets, MacLeod argues that “resetting targets should not be the equivalent of a Mulligan. You need to retain some incentive to hit the new targets, but unless your diagnosis tells you that the targets were flawed to begin with, there should be consequences (in terms of reduced incentive) as a result of lowering your targets.”Revising your targets may involve slight tweaks or it might mean major upheaval. As Chris Dixon writes on the subject of pivoting, “You aren’t throwing away what you’ve learned or the good things you’ve built. You are keeping your strong leg grounded and adjusting your weak leg to move in a new direction.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watterslast_img read more

Fusing Green and Universal Design

first_imgA toilet with a 17-inch-high seatWhen choosing a toilet, select one that will use less water. WaterSense labeled toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance.Select a toilet that is a little taller than the standard toilet which is 15 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. A 17-inch-high toilet seat makes it easier to get on and off, to transfer to and from a wheelchair.Also, install a grab bar on the wall next to the toilet to make transfers safer and easier. The grab bar should be positioned at a height that is convenient for the occupant, generally between 33 inches and 36 inches from the floor. Be sure to reinforce the wall with plywood or wood blocking to secure the grab bar (see Images #4, #5, and #6, below). Consider long-term value when weighing the initial product costWhen comparing prices on products that have green and universal design features compared to those that do not, recognize the benefits to the occupants and the saving in the long run. Universal design features provide more independence, safety, accessibility, and comfort. Green features provide energy and water savings.In view of the benefits over the long haul, the investment in these products becomes an easy choice. Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. works with architects, designers, builders, and consumers that want to create inspired and livable homes (web site: UDDL.com). She is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and author (RosemarieSpeaks.com). Her newest resource, the Universal Design Toolkit, is an illustrated 200-page e-book with online videos and webinars. The concept of universal design has been embraced by architects, interior designers, and other design and building professionals since the 1980s. It is a framework for the design of living and working spaces and products benefiting the widest possible range of people in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Universal design is human-centered design, accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities. Universal design creates social justice, providing opportunities for more personal activity and mobility.Having lived in the Universal Design Living Laboratory using a wheelchair for the past five years, I have a unique perspective. I have learned the importance of space planning and that small differences in the width of a door, height of a threshold, or slope of a ramp can impact a person’s independence. I have experienced the joy of rolling on hardwood and tile flooring. No longer do I have sore shoulders as I did when rolling on the carpet in my previous home. Safety features like grab bars in the toileting area and shower have kept me from falling, and they make transfers easier. Life is easier when a home includes universal design features and products. RELATED ARTICLES Engineered hardwood flooringWhen the time came to select flooring, we knew that the flooring had to be easy to roll on in a wheelchair or walker. We selected a hickory veneer engineered hardwood flooring with a matt finish to prevent glare. We installed this flooring on a 4 mm. thin acoustic underlay engineered from recycled rubber tires (see Image #2, below). This mat reduces the sound transmission through subfloors and is softer on people’s joints when walking.In a universal design home, there are green options for hardwood flooring. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and is harder than maple or oak. Eucalyptus is a hard and durable wood that is harder than cherry or walnut.If carpeting is preferred in a home, select one that is easy to roll on in a wheelchair. Choose a carpet with a thin pad underneath and a low pile. One green recycled fiber carpet choice is made of polyester fiber recovered from plastic soda bottles. Wool carpets are also considered green. Incorporating green features and productsWhen my husband and I began the planning process to design our home we wanted to include green features and products in addition to universal design. We were aware that a green home is healthier, conserves natural resources, protects the environment, is more energy-efficient and sustainable. The concept of being sustainable has three components: environmental, economic, and social.In 2009, when my husband and I were reviewing the LEED certification application with the U.S. Green Building Council for our home, we discovered that no points would be earned for the universal design features in our home. I had a discussion with representatives of the USGBC and asked, “How can a home be sustainable if it isn’t accessible?”The USGBC was receptive to my suggestion that points be added to the LEED certification program for universal design features. They hired a consultant who interviewed me and others to create a list of universal design and visitable features that would be added to the next version of the LEED application. Visitable features in a home enable people who use wheelchairs and walkers access into the home through a no-step entrance, a 36-inch-wide entry door, and access to a half bathroom on the first floor.A home that is socially sustainable will serve the family that lives in the home for many years. People will be able to enter the home easily, even if they use wheelchairs and walkers. Universal design features and products improve the occupant’s ability to be independent. When universal design features are incorporated into the home design from the beginning, there is less likelihood that the home will need to be remodeled should the occupants acquire a disability or sustain an injury.As a result of our planning and construction practices, our home earned a Silver LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. It received a Gold rating on the National Green Building Standard certification program through the National Association of Home Builders. Selecting products that support green and universal designWhen we began selecting the construction materials, products, and appliances, we evaluated each of them on the criteria that they be both green and universal design. We read labels looking for the structural components that may offgas volatile organic compounds. We looked for verification that they were energy-efficient, made of sustainable products or recycled materials, and used less water.Here are a few of the products that we selected that are both green and universal design.center_img Universal DesignGreen Building and Aging-in-Place DesignKitchen for a LifetimeVideo: Tile a Barrier-Free BathroomResidential Remodeling and Universal Design Wide doors with lever handlesTo make each room more accessible for people who use wheelchairs or scooters, install 36-inch-wide doors. Also, install lever handles rather that door knobs (see Image #8, below). Lever handles are easier to operate for people with paralysis or arthritis. The cost difference for these wider doors and lever handles is minimal. The benefits are long-lasting, providing for independence and greater access to the entire home.Exterior door thresholds should be ½ inch or lower to be easier to roll over in a wheelchair. The exterior main door should have multiple height peepholes or include glass in the design so that all residents can view the porch to see who is there.Heavily insulated fiberglass exterior doors are a weather-resistant energy-efficient green solution. Select interior doors made from fast-growing wood species like poplar or from lumber certified by a credible third-party certification program like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. On June 13, 1998, my husband, Mark Leder, and I went for a bicycle ride on a rural wooded trail in Granville, Ohio. After riding for a few minutes, Mark thought he heard a gunshot and slowed down to investigate. As he scanned the scene he saw a large tree falling. He shouted, “Stop!” But the warning was too late. I was crushed by a 7,000-pound tree and paralyzed from the waist down.Coming home from the hospital in a manual wheelchair after my spinal cord injury, I realized how my two-story home intensified my disability. My husband and I knew that we had to sell our home and find something more suitable.In September 2004, we hired an architect to draw the house plans for our new home in Columbus, Ohio. There was a steep learning curve for me in ramping up to build our home. We assembled a team of interior designers and over 200 corporate contributors to assist us. Serving as the general contractors, my husband and I spent 32 months building our home.This home, named the “Universal Design Living Laboratory,” is the top-rated universal design home in North America; earning three national universal design certifications. (Here is the link to take a virtual tour of our home.) Permeable landscape paversWhen selecting landscape pavers, consider those that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They meet pedestrian slip-resistance standards with a static coefficient of friction of 0.8 and offer smooth travel for people using wheelchairs.Permeable pavers allow for rain and melted snow to percolate through the pavers, making these a green choice (see Image #9, below). In an environment with freezing temperatures, these permeable pavers are a great choice since water doesn’t accumulate and they are less likely to ice over and are therefore safer to walk on. Casement windowsA way to save on heating and cooling bills is to install multiple pane low-e windows filled with argon gas. Some types of low-e coatings significantly block the sun’s ultraviolet rays.Casement windows are preferred to double-hung windows due to their ease of operating, especially for a person who uses a wheelchair (see Image #3, below). These windows allow more air circulation due to the size of the operating sash. The window locks must be reachable from a seated position. Adjustable showerheads and hand showersAdjustable height hand showers mounted on a vertical bar provide more benefits than a showerhead mounted on a shower wall (see Image #7, below). Hand showers should have at least a 6-foot-long hose. People who need to be seated in order to take a shower have the independence and greater adjustability to position the showerhead on the vertical bar. This bar on many models is constructed so that it also serves as a grab bar. Additional horizontal grab bars will be needed in the shower for safety.Showerheads on hand showers should be lightweight and ergonomic. Ranges in cost may be due to a number of factors including material composition, integrated technology, size, style, functional design, finish, and the life of the warranty.To conserve the amount of water used to take a shower, select a showerhead that is WaterSense labeled. The specification is that the maximum flow rate value of the showerhead must be equal to or less than 2.0 gallons of water per minute. Water is conserved by mixing more air into the water stream. By installing high-efficiency hand showers, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons of water per year. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save on energy costs.last_img read more

8 Adobe Audition Tutorials Every Video Editor Should Watch

first_imgBecome an audio master with these 8 great Adobe Audition tutorials!It’s often said that a film is 50% video and 50% audio. Unfortunately, for most indie filmmakers and video editors, not much time is spent trying to get great audio in post or on-set. While it’s not always the sexiest part of the post-production process, getting great audio can add immediate legitimacy to your film and to you as a filmmaker. So if you’re in the mood to take your film audio to the next level, check out these quick Adobe Audition tutorials designed to help you sharpen your audio editing skills.1. The BasicsCreated By: Adobe Community HelpWhile Audition isn’t as complex as other video editing softwares like After Effects and Premiere, it’s still a professional software with a learning curve. This tutorial created by the good people at Adobe shows us how to navigate the Audition interface. If you’re new to Audition, this is a must-watch.2. Importing Audio FilesCreated By: Video2BrainImporting in Audition is a lot like importing in Premiere Pro or After Effects. In this short video tutorial, we’ll take a look at how it’s done.3. How to Make a Voiceover Sound BetterCreated By: Mike RussellThere are a lot of voice actors out there and each one has their own special way of making their audio sound better. In this awesome tutorial, professional voice actor Mike Russell shows us his method for creating beautiful audio in Audition.4. Removing HumCreated By: Larry JordanIf you’ve ever had to record audio in less-than-ideal circumstances, then you probably know how terrible hum can be for your audio. Annoying devices like refrigerators, fluorescent lights, and air conditioners can ruin your audio if you’re not careful. It’s always best to simply turn off these annoyances while on set, but if you’re in the editing bay it’s a little late.But don’t worry, post-production master Larry Jordan is here to show us how to remove machine generated hum in Audition. It’s easier than you think and in some circumstances you can remove hum entirely.5. Removing SoundsCreated By: O’Reilly – Video TrainingLet’s say you’re shooting in an office complex and after countless takes your corporate subject finally nails their line — but there’s a problem. A car honked right at the end. Do you reshoot it? Of course you do! However, once you’re in the editing bay, you might be able to salvage the previous take by using some of the built-in tools in Audition. This quick tutorial shows you how it’s done.6. Removing Background NoiseCreated By: John LynnWe’re not always blessed with the opportunity to shoot on a sound stage, especially if you’re a indie filmmaker. So, chances are the shooting environment you’re in has ambient noise that needs to be controlled. While it’s always better to be able to control your environment, if you’re in the editing bay and your audio has environmental problems, you can take out at least some of the background noise using the steps outlined in this tutorial by John Lynn.7. Removing Pops and ClicksCreated By: Jason HugginsIf you sit down to edit your audio and find it’s full of pops and clicks, don’t panic. It’s probably not the end of the world. There are a few built-in tools in Audition that can help you get rid of pops and clicks. This tutorial by Jason Huggins shows us how it’s done.8. Round-tripping Between Premiere Pro to AuditionCreated By: Video2BrainOne of the big perks about working in the Creative Cloud is the fact that most of the software integrates with each other using the dynamic link. Users of Premiere Pro can seamlessly edit their audio in Audition without having to export it out as a different track. In this video tutorial created by Video2Brain, we’ll take a look at how this round-tripping process works.Want to learn more about audio for film? Check out a few of these posts here on PremiumBeat:How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films10 Crucial Pieces of Audio Gear Under $500Audio Editing: Mixing Speech and Music in Premiere ProKnow of any other helpful tutorials for Adobe Audition? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: Underdogs Nepal hold India to draw

first_imgTheir pre-match billing as underdogs seemed to have spurred Nepal to give their all as they held India to a goalless draw in a Nehru Cup encounter on Tuesday.After rain forced a delay of 30 minutes, both sides went on the offensive but the stray attacks did not result in any goal.Nepal took control of the midfield early on and did not allow medios Mehtab Hossain and Lenny Rodrigues any space. Nepal earned four corners in the space of ten minutes and there was a close shave for the hosts in the 14th minute as Jagajit Shrestha’s corner created panic in the Indian defence.The ground conditions forced the Indians to resort to the long ball strategy and Sunil Chhetri was tightly marked by the Nepal defence.In the 19th minute, Chhetri tried an overhead-kick but the ball was cleared by Rohit Chand and that was his only attempt at goal in the first half.India got a free-kick just before halftime and Nepal’s Sandip Rai was shown a yellow card for an infringement. But Anthony Pereira failed to make use of the opportunity.Nepal’s display must have surprised India coach Wim Koevermans and he was forced to bring striker Robin Singh in place of winger Clifford Miranda, who failed to provide any spark to the Indian attack during his stay on the field.The second half started with India switching to the 4-4-2 formation with Koevermans hoping that the taller Robin would be able to unsettle the Nepalese defenders.advertisementAnthony Pereira, who had switched to the left wing, tested Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong for the first time in the second half but his shot was saved by the latter.Mehtab, however, found his bearings in the second half and in the 57th minute, found an overlapping Syed Rahim Nabi but his shot from 40 yards was easily collected by Chemjong.The Indians looked more composed in the second half but the through ball needed to pierce the rival defence was missing in the Indian players’ repertoire.Rodrigues was replaced by Jewel Raja in the 77th minute. Jewel’s introduction had an immediate effect as he made a fine run into the rival box as he dribbled past Sagar Thapa and shot a right-footer which was palmed out by Chemjong for a corner.India almost got the elusive goal from the corner but Chemjong somehow blocked Robin’s powerful left-footer.India upped the ante in the last ten minutes and Jewel was once again in the thick of the action. He found Chhetri near the box but the Indian skipper’s feeble shot was easily collected by Chemjong. In the 91st minute, Chhetri came close to breaking the deadlock but his shot went over the bar.In the dying moments of the game, India got a free-kick and Nepal’s Bikash Singh Chhetri was shown the red card for protesting.In the post match press conference, Koevermans said that Nepal played well in the first half but the slushy turf did not allow the players to play to their potential. “The conditions were difficult and it’s unfortunate that the matches have to be played on these conditions. But we can’t do anything about it,” he said.last_img read more