A Brunch with a Bite at T. Boyle’s

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Tired of the same ol’ sunday brunches? Time for a T. Boyle’s brunch for change.Every Sunday, T. Boyle’s is offering a Sunday Champagne Brunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a wallet friendly $13 including tax.All brunchees will get complimentary champagne and mimosas plus unlimited pancakes, french toast, and/or biscuits and gravy.The brunch menu will include:Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs on top of Canadian bacon, English muffin topped with hollandaise sauce, hash browns, and side of bacon or sausageBacon and/or Sausage and Eggs – 3 eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, toastHuevos Rancheros– 3 eggs on corn tortillas topped with cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, side of bacon or sausage, flour or corn tortillasChilaquiles – 3 scrambled eggs mixed with corn tortilla chips, cheese, green sauce, side of rice and beans, side of bacon or sausage, flour or corn tortillasChorizo and Eggs – 3 Scrambled eggs mixed with chorizo sausage, side of rice and beans, side of bacon or sausage, flour or corn tortillasMachaca and Eggs– Shredded brisket mixed with 3 eggs, onions, and peppers, side of rice and beans, side of bacon or sausageFor those looking for a more customized meal, T. Boyle’s also offers you the choice to build your own breakfast omelet or burrito:Build Your Own Omelet – 3 eggs . Choose : Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Louisiana Hot Link, Chorizo, Onion, Bell Pepper, Tomato, Spinach, Cheese (Monterrey Jack/Cheddar), Avocado, Jalapenos, mushrooms. Includes hash browns and toast Build Your Own Breakfast Burrito- 3 eggs – Choose: Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Louisiana Hot Link, Chorizo, Onion, Bell Pepper, Tomato, Spinach, Cheese (Monterey Jack/Cheddar), Guacamole, Sour Cream, Jalapenos, Hash Browns, SalsaGrab a bite with a brunch with bite at T. Boyle’s Tavern this Sunday.T. Boyle’s is located at 37 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena. For more information visit http://www.tboylestavern.com or call (626) 578-0957 today. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business Newscenter_img 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business: Marketing Column A Brunch with a Bite at T. Boyle’s By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 12:29 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Subscribelast_img read more

Quick-thinking Gardaí rescue family from house fire

first_imgTwitter Email Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleGardaí seize ten dogs believed to be stolen following search in RathkealeNext articleLimerick tech firm Blocworx pivot products to assist Covid compliance David Raleigh Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Garda Rob Young, Garda Noreen Moloney, Garda Noelle Fitzgerald, and Garda Dave Hennessy at Bruff Garda Station.Photo: An Garda SiochanaBRUFF Gardaí have been praised for their heroism after entering a family’s burning home and helping to extinguish a fire that started after a chip pan went ablaze.The fire broke out at Barrack View, Sycamore Drive, in the town shortly after 10pm, last Saturday, August 1.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The house is located adjacent to Bruff Garda Station and Gardaí were able to reach the property quickly.First on the scene was Garda Noelle Fitzgerald, who was on duty viewing CCTV footage at the station when she heard “very distressed crying of a baby coming from a nearby house through an open window,” a Garda spokesman explained.“She rushed to the house where she met a man who told her that a chip pan had caught fire.”Garda Fitzgerald alerted the fire brigade and contacted her colleagues, requesting they attend with fire extinguishers from the Garda station, and made sure the family had exited the dwelling.Gardaí Robert Young, David Hennessy and Noreen Moloney arrived on the scene moments later with fire extinguishers.“All persons were out of house as Gardaí saw thick black smoke billowing out of house and flames were visible from the kitchen area,” the spokesman said.“Whilst Garda Fitzgerald and Moloney looked after the family, Garda Young and Hennessy entered the house and managed to extinguish the fire, and Garda Hennessy also managed to disconnect the electricity supply to the house to prevent further damage.”Bruff Superintendent John Ryan, said that “due to the quick actions of all of the Gardaí involved, we surely prevented a very serious incident from happening.” Print NewsLocal NewsQuick-thinking Gardaí rescue family from house fireBy David Raleigh – August 5, 2020 885 last_img read more

Bayesian analysis of rapid climate change during the last glacial using Greenland δ18O data

first_imgWe present statistical methods to determine climate regimes for the last glacial period using three temperature proxy records from Greenland: measurements of δ18O from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2), the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) and the North Greenland Ice Core Project (NGRIP) using different timescales. A Markov Chain Monte Carlo method is presented to infer the number of states in a latent variable model along with their associated parameters. By using Bayesian model comparison methods we find that a model with 3 states is sufficient. These states correspond to a gradual cooling during the Greenland Interstadials, more rapid temperature decrease into Greenland Stadial and to the sudden rebound temperature increase at the onset of Greenland Interstadials. We investigate the recurrence properties of the onset of Greenland Interstadials and find no evidence to reject the null hypothesis of randomly timed events.last_img read more

Boxer Carl Frampton reportedly breaks hand in freak accident, withdraws from Dominguez fight

first_imgBut the Irish boxer signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank in March. The fight with Dominguez was expected to set up a title fight with WBO champion Oscar Valdez later this year.On Monday, Frampton tweeted video of him working out, saying, “Last hard session completed. 4×4 Minute treadmill intervals. It’s fight week now, training done, time to focus on the fight!”Last hard session completed. 4×4 Minute treadmill intervals. It’s fight week now, training done, time to focus on the fight! #FramptonDominguez pic.twitter.com/3VRPHIgUoe— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 5, 2019 The strange incident caused Frampton’s injury.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 32-year-old has not fought since losing to Josh Warrington in December, only his second career defeat in 28 bouts. Frampton, the former super-bantamweight and featherweight world champion, had considered retirement after that defeat. Boxer Carl Frampton is reportedly withdrawing from Saturday’s featherweight bout against Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia after suffering a broken hand in a freak accident.According to multiple reports, Frampton suffered two broken bones in his left hand. BoxingScene.com reported “Frampton was sitting in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel” when “someone accidentally bumped into some sort of concrete structure and knocked it over.”last_img read more

Heineken expands in South Africa

first_imgA R3.5-billion state-of-the-art brewery, owned 75% by Heineken and 25% by Diageo, officially opened in Sedibeng, south of Johannesburg.The Sedibeng Brewery brews and bottles a range of premium beers – including Amstel, Heineken and Windhoek Lager – for the local market. (Image: Heineken South Africa Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterA R3.5-billion state-of-the-art brewery, owned 75% by Heineken and 25% by Diageo, officially opened in Sedibeng, south of Johannesburg last week, with expansion already under way to exploit the growth opportunities in South Africa’s premium alcohol beverage market.The Sedibeng Brewery brews and bottles a range of premium beers – including Amstel, Heineken and Windhoek Lager – for the local market. It will also supply ready-to-drink brands Smirnoff Spin and Smirnoff Storm.‘World-class brewery’Heineken Africa MD Tom de Man described the new brewery – built on an 83-hectare site and including a brewery, production plant and warehouse – as one of the most advanced in the world, built with due care for the environment.“Heineken is the number two brewer in Africa and the Middle East, and the significant investment that we made in the Sedibeng Brewery with Diageo, one of the largest private investments in South Africa in the past year, shows our commitment in South Africa,” De Man said in a statement last week.With an initial capacity of 3-million hectoliters, the brewery is already being expanded to increase its capacity by a further 1-million hectolitres by September 2010, in anticipation of growing demand for the premium brands.Three months ahead of scheduleSedibeng Brewery MD Johan Doyer said the brewery had been built three months ahead of schedule, enabling the brewing of Amstel to begin in September 2009, while the brewing of Windhoek began in October and Heineken started in December.“Each of our premium beers are brewed under the watchful eye of Heineken, Amstel and Windhoek brewmasters, in accordance with the original recipes and the highest international brewing standards,” Doyer said.Jobs, skills“All of the South African staff has received training locally, with a large number also being trained overseas.”Sedibeng employed around 3 500 people on site at the height of the construction, and more than 225 permanent jobs will have been created at the brewery by the end of 2010.It is estimated that the brewery will generate an additional R1-billion for the local economy through the indirect employment of 100 support service workers and through the local purchasing of packaging and raw materials.Growth opportunitiesTogether with Namibia Breweries, Heineken and Diageo are shareholders in Brandhouse Beverages – a cost-sharing joint venture in South Africa, and one of the country’s leading marketing, sales, and distribution companies for premium alcohol beverages – which will be responsible for managing the brewery’s warehouse.The Sedibeng Brewery has also allowed Brandhouse to re-introduce Amstel Lager in a returnable bottle format, to replace the existing non-returnable bottles.“The returnable quart segment comprises the overwhelming share of the local beer market, and our ability to offer our customers our premium product in this format will enhance our capacity to meet consumer demand,” said Brandhouse MD Gerald Mahinda.Diageo Africa MD Nick Blazquez said the new brewery would help support the strength of the Brandhouse. “South Africa continues to present significant opportunities for growth in premium alcohol beverage categories,” he said.“Against this backdrop, we believe that Brandhouse is extremely well poised to continue to grow its share and further extend its position as the leading supplier of top quality beers and spirits in the country.“Sedibeng represents the next step in what has already proved to be a very successful and mutually beneficial association between our companies.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South African football in 2011

first_img22 December 2011Two teams shone in South African football in 2011: the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and Orlando Pirates, who dominated the club scene.Banyana’ success was reflected in the team’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) nomination as African Women’s Football Team of the Year. One of the main reasons for that was the team’s qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.Only 12 places are open to women’s teams at the Olympic Games, with just two African teams among them, and those places went to South Africa and Cameroon.Banyana had previously never qualified for the Olympic Games.Busy yearThey had a busy year in 2011. Apart from qualifying games for the London Olympics, they were also involved in the All Africa Games and Cosafa Women’s Championship.In total they played 18 matches, won 12 of them, lost only four, and drew two. They scored 36 goals and conceded 15.Star striker Noko Matlou was named South African Sportswoman of the Year in August, while her fellow striker Nompumelelo Nyandeni was nominated for the Caf Women’s Player of the Year award.Club footballIn club football, Orlando Pirates enjoyed one of the finest years in their fine history.It began in October 2010 when they broke a 10-year title drought in knockout competition by capturing the MTN 8 after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. It earned the club the biggest reward in its history of R8-million.Kaizer Chiefs crushed Pirates 3-0 in December 2010 to lift the Telkom Cup, but that proved to be but a small blip as the Buccaneers went on a winning run which by December 2011 would be unequalled in the history of South African football.PSL titleIn May, Pirates claimed the Premier Soccer League title after a down-to-the-wire race for the honours.Heading into the last round of matches, Ajax Cape Town led Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three points off the pace, and in need of losses by the two clubs in front of them to claim the silverware.Ajax drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United, while Pirates beat Golden Arrows 2-1, leaving Chiefs out of the running for the title. With both Ajax and Pirates on 60 points, the Buccaneers claimed the title on goal difference.“I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something,” coach Ruud Krol told the Orlando Pirates’ website afterwards.The Soweto giant’s title ended a run of three in a row for SuperSport United.TrebleShortly after that, Pirates completed a remarkable treble when they beat Black Leopards 3-1 to capture the Nedbank Cup. The club’s players rallied around coach Ruud Krol, who was out of contract, to show their support for him.It wasn’t enough as the club, incredibly, chose not to renew the Dutch coach’s contract.At the annual PSL Awards, the Buccaneers’ Andile Jali was named Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, while Krol was named Coach of the Season. The Chairman’s Award went to Pirates’ captain Lucky Lekgwathi.Footballer of the YearHowever, the big winner on the night was Thulani Serero of Ajax Cape Town. He was named Footballer of the Year, the Absa Premiership Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, and the Red Hot Young Player of the Season.Ajax Cape Town’s big brother club, Ajax Amsterdam, recognised Serero’s excellence by signing him to four-year contract.Bafana BafanaFor Bafana Bafana, the national men’s team, 2011 tailed off into disappointment after a promising start.It began with a 2-0 win over Kenya in a friendly in Rustenburg. After that, a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela took Bafana to a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Johannesburg in an African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.An experimental line-up defeated Tanzania 1-0 in Dar Es Salaam in a friendly ahead of the big return match against Egypt in the Afcon qualifiers. A goalless draw in Cairo ended the qualification hopes of the three-time defending champion Pharaohs and kept Bafana top of their qualifying group.Costly lossBafana’s preparation for their second last qualifier went well when they outplayed Burkina Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg in a friendly. Unfortunately that stood for nothing when they went down 2-1 to Niger in Niamey and fell from the top of their group standings.South Africa faced Sierra Leone in their last qualifying game, figuring they needed only a draw to advance to the Afcon finals. Embarrassingly for the South African Football Association, that was wrong.After a 1-1 draw with the Leone Stars, the players celebrated qualifying for the continental finals on goal difference. The rules governing qualification, however, stated that in the case of a tie on points, the head-to-head record between the teams – in this case there were three: South Africa, Niger, and Sierra Leone – would decide who would advance. That turned out to be Niger despite the fact that they had the worst goal difference of the three teams.Nelson Mandela ChallengeBafana regained a measure of pride by holding Africa’s highest ranked team Cote D’Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, but the year ended on a downer a matter of days later when Zimbabwe scored a 2-1 win over them in Harare.On a positive note, a long running dispute about the naming rights for Bafana Bafana was resolved, leaving the national team in the clear to retain their name.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 27, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry, cool weather helped corn harvest and field work continue at a slow pace, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.8 days available for field work for the week ending November 26, 2017. Producers were able to enter fields when the soil dried enough late in the week or when the temperature fell below freezing. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent. Winter wheat seedings are almost fully emerged and the condition remains 88 percent good to excellent.Click here for the full reportlast_img

Planting alternative grasses that can handle abundant rain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm animals want to eat what they’re used to.And because livestock are not adventurous eaters, farmers have to train them to try something new by limiting their access to the food they’re most familiar with. That can be done by growing new grasses in a different field, and then moving the livestock to graze on that field.Many farmers in Ohio might be trying to grow and feed their animals different grasses this year, as supplies for hay and traditional forage grasses are exceptionally low. Ohio’s hay supply is the lowest since the 2012 drought, and the fourth lowest in 70 years. This past spring was persistently wet, which hindered the growth and cutting of hay and other forage grasses.“Nobody can control the weather, but we can somewhat control what we’re growing on the farm,” said Christine Gelley, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Noble County. “If we can become more flexible in terms of what we grow and how we move our animals around, that can increase our options for feeding them.”Gelley hosted a talk on how to do that: “Forages for the Extremes — Drought and Flood Tolerant Options” on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 at the 2019 Farm Science Review. Typically, farmers in Ohio grow cool-season grasses for their cows, sheep, and other livestock, including orchardgrass and Kentucky bluegrass, Gelley said. The problem is that those grasses can’t always withstand an abundance of rain, which has become increasingly common in recent years. Ohio experienced its wettest yearlong period on record from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, which left soils persistently saturated.Unlike cool-season grasses, prairie grasses have extensive root systems that help them survive in flooded conditions and even drought, Gelley said. The downside is that prairie grasses can take three years to get established.“It’s not something we could plant this fall and expect to sustain our animals next spring. But once they’re established, they can last for decades,” Gelley said.Reed canarygrass, a cool-season grass not commonly used for grazing, can be a good source of food for animals and is very tolerant of chronically wet soils, Gelley said. Anyone who plants reed canarygrass should be aware that it’s an invasive species and can easily take over a field unless animals get in there to graze it often, she said.Tall fescue, the most common grass in Ohio, also can withstand soggy soil, but certain varieties of the grass can limit weight gain in livestock that eat it. Tall fescue contains a fungus that makes the plant more resistant to drought but also can limit weight gain. However, some varieties, while still containing the fungus, do not have that effect on animals’ weight, Gelley said.With many of the alternative grasses, there are tradeoffs to consider before planting them.“But which would you rather have during extreme weather events: nothing for your animals to eat or something with issues that we know we can work around?” Gelley said.last_img read more

PH kiteboarding hopes to get nat’l attention by winning YOG medal

first_imgStreaking Gamboa-St. Clare thumps JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding There was an increase in participants—both foreign and local—for the Kiteboarding Tour this year compared to last season, and PKA is hoping to bring it to more provinces in the Philippines in hopes of discovering more talents.The PKA made stops in Lakawon (Bacolod), Bantayan Island in Cebu, Boracay—which is one of the top kiteboarding locations in the country—before holding its final event in Cagbalete, Quezon, just four hours outside of Manila by land.Aside from discovering talents, the Kiteboarding tour has also helped in sports tourism as they visit lesser-known spots like Cuyo Island, a remote area in Palawan, for their tournaments.“While it’s not our main objective, sports tourism opportunity because we’ve seen how it helped with the growth of the spots that we brought the tour,” Ortiz. said. PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers READ: PH eyes slot as kiteboarding makes debut in YOG“The strategy for us to take it to mainstream is get an Olympic medal for this. When we chartered the PKA five years ago, the first objectives were to promote the sport over the 7,000 islands and to train our athletes for the international events,” Ortiz told INQUIRER.net during the first day of the three-day competitions here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH A kiteboarder shows off during the ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour in Boracay. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERBORACAY—With the Youth Olympic Games coming up, there’s an opportunity for kiteboarding, a fast-growing water sport, to make a splash in the Philippines—by winning a medal.Five years into the annual ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour, the sport has yet to break the mainstream awareness but PKA president Jay Ortiz thinks this may be the best time to get national attention.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all agree that the [YOG] is the opportunity to create awareness. In Europe, US and South American, kiteboarding is booming exponentially and we hope to bring that growth here.”Kiteboarding is a thrilling adventure sport that puts riders on a board and uses a large kite controlled by a bar to steer them on the water usually following a race course. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting With the sport largely depending on wind conditions, hosting an event is not without its challenges. During the Boracay leg from February 10 to 12, competitions were cancelled for the first two days because of the lack of strong wind.The PKA tour features three events—the twin tip race, hangtime and freestyle. The Youth members like rising star Christian Tio competed in the elite division to prepare them for the Olympic qualifying event in Thailand in March, where a lone spot for Asia is at stake.Ortiz said the Philippines has five boys and one girl as prospects to compete in the Qualifying tournament.Kiteboarding is a sport that Ortiz believes Filipinos can dominate because it puts premium on  strategy and training rather than height, which in reality, majority of the locals lack.“I think we are in equal footing with out international competition because height and built are not a major factor,” Ortiz, who is also a consistent top performer in his division, said. “We believe we can dominate the sports in Asia.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Incheon won’t match grandeur of 2010 but glory is up for grabs, says S. Kannan

first_imgS. KannanThe day every sports fan on the continent has been waiting for has finally arrived. Athletes from every nook and corner of Asia will stretch every sinew to try and gather glory for themselves and their countries as the 17th Asian Games get underway in Incheon on Friday.The profile of the Games has gone up several notches since New Delhi hosted the first event in 1951. Such is the standard and intensity of the Asiad these days that some world records could take a beating.Track and field, swimming, shooting, boxing, baseball, weightlifting and wrestling are events which will generate a lot of excitement in their respective arenas dotted across this port city, which is an hour and a half away from the South Korean capital, Seoul.Athletes with posters supporting India.If the opening ceremony at the 2010 Asian Games was a visual delight as giant laser shows and high decibel fireworks lit up the Guangzhou skyline, there is no suspense before Friday’s opening ceremony as the Incheon organisers have sought to keep costs in check and have kept the fuss to a minimum.The Songdo Convensia, where the main media centre is located, is in the heart of the city and next to it is the Incheon University, where students are busy with academics just a day before the Games.”I don’t think I will be going for the sporting events. This time, events have not been publicised much,” said Kim Rae.The real action in the fortnightlong sporting extravaganza will be in 36 disciplines, of which India will be competing in 28. Being the hosts, South Korea will try and maximise their medal chances but the Chinese are in no mood to relent.advertisementIn Guangzhou four years ago, China towered above the rest of the field with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze for a tally of 416 medals. South Korea had then won 76 gold, 65 silver and 91 bronze for an aggregate of 232 while Japan was third with 48 gold, 74 silver and 94 bronze.There has been no looking back for China since. With their economy booming, funding for sports has not been a problem for athletes. Today, the world marvels at their systematic training programmes, where huge emphasis is on modern methods and applying sports science.India finished fourth in the charts in Guangzhou with 65 medals (14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze). At that time, India had trained hard for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and managed to continue the good form into the Asian Games. Similarly, India did fairly well in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, clinching 64 medals, and that will serve as a psychological boost.This time around, there is no scope for pessimism, though standards in Asia in almost every sport have gone up.Comparisons with China and South Korea can never be avoided in a multi-discipline extravaganza, but as a sporting nation, India still does not have the culture to produce champions by the dozen.Those who did well in Glasgow will not necessarily do well in Incheon as there is a huge difference in standard. In sports like wrestling and weightlifting, winning gold will be very tough even as fierce competitor Yogeshwar Dutt and company hold a lot of promise.Hockey used to be India’s traditional strength but times have changed. Only a gold medal can restore faith in the ‘national game’. There is a lot of buzz in the air about boxing. Glasgow was disappointing for the pugilists and if they have to make a mark here, they will have to compete very hard.If one were to pick some gold medal prospects for India in Incheon, it won’t be a tough call. Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is gunning for his first Asiad gold, pistol shooter Jitu Rai is in superb form and rising shuttle star P.V. Sindhu, fresh from her recent bronze medal at the World Championship, can again bother the [email protected]last_img read more